without a doubt, Monday Night Football in Week 11 will give us the most anticipated game of the season. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will face off in a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl.
Both teams should give the NFL schedule makers a high-five, as the Chiefs and Eagles alike will be fresh off of a bye week. Both teams should be well-rested and sufficiently prepared, but could it be that the Chiefs have the advantage due to the week off?
trick Mahomes has been the full-time starter in five seasons before 2023, so he has played five games directly after a bye week. These are his stats in those games.
2018: 295 passing yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 52 rushing yards (40-33 win vs. Raiders)
2019: 175 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 25 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD (40-9 win vs. Raiders)
2020: 348 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 16 rushing yards (35-31 win vs. Rams)
2021: 184 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 12 rushing yards 1 rushing TD (22-9 win vs. Broncos)
2022: 446 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 63 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD (20-17 win vs. Titans)
If you were counting, you’d notice Mahomes has never lost when coming off of a bye week throughout his NFL career. It’s not just a Mahomes thing, though: Andy Reid has a 22-3 record in the regular season following a bye. Reid always has his teams prepared with a week of rest
One possibly notable detail from Mahomes’ post-bye stats are that he seems to run more than usual. It could just be random, but three of Mahomes’ 12 career rushing touchdowns came in five games following a bye week. In two of those five games, he went over 50 yards, while his rushing yards per game throughout his career is 20.3.
Passing-wise, Mahomes has had some big games after a bye week, but nothing out of the ordinary necessarily. All we can really deduce is the Eagles are going to have their hands full trying to turn the tables on Mahomes and Reid’s consistency with a week of rest.