Does the First-Round Bye in the NFL Playoffs Help or Hurt Your Team?

Boomer EsiasonSpecial ContributorJanuary 7, 2013

There is a recurring debate in the NFL anytime a team has a bye week. The argument centers on rest vs. rust. Does a team get better during the bye, or does it fall behind?

This week for Behind the Mic on Bleacher Report, Boomer Esiason discusses whether the bye week is good or bad for NFL teams as they enter the playoffs.

In the NFC, the 49ers and Falcons have had a week off leading up to their divisional-round games. Did the bye week give the 49ers a chance to get healthy? Did the Falcons spend their time off lamenting their Week 17 loss?

New England and Denver earned the bye week for the AFC. What does the time off mean for teams like these two, who have veteran quarterbacks and coaches?

Check out the video to see what Boomer thinks about the teams coming off a bye, and don't forget to tell us what you think in the comments section below.