Oakland Raiders: Bye, Bye Birdie (Bye Week)

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJanuary 6, 2010

Data, data, everywhere. We hope it helps us think. Let's take a look at the data for bye weeks, for the Oakand Raiders from 1990 to 2009.

Bye week started in 1990. It has existed for 20 years. Does it do any good? Well, let's look at the data.

If the performance of the Oakland Raiders, measured by wins and losses, is related to or correlated with the Bye Week, then recently the Oakland Raiders have had a problem, among other challenges.

During the time period from 2003 to 2009, the Oakland Raiders have not won one single game that occurred immediately after bye week. Earlier in the history of the Oakland Raiders, they won six consecutive games immediately after the bye week, from 1997 to 2002. After 2002, there has been a decline in performance the week after the bye week.

A table is posted to give you a visual experience of the performance of the Oakland Raiders, as measured by the wins-losses immediately after the bye week. The wins are coded 5, and the losses are coded 0.

The bye week was started in 1990. A chart showing the year, the number of the week that the bye week occurred, and the win or loss result for the game immediately after Bye Week:

Year       Week Number      Win or Loss, game after Bye Week

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  1. 1990       8                      L
  2. 1991       10                    W
  3. 1992        9                     L
  4. 1993        4                     L
  5. 1994        5                     W
  6. 1995        9                     W
  7. 1996        9                     L
  8. 1997        7                     W
  9. 1998        7                     W
  10. 1999        9                     W
  11. 2000        5                     W
  12. 2001        6                     W
  13. 2002        3                     W
  14. 2003        8                     L
  15. 2004        10                   L
  16. 2005        5                     L
  17. 2006        3                     L
  18. 2007        5                     L
  19. 2008        5                    L
  20. 2009        9                    L