By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills have been banging the "our schedule is unfair" drum since June.
On Wednesday, the beat got louder.
Appearing on his weekly radio segment with WGR 550, team President Russ Brandon was asked by host Howard Simon if the NFL takes into account which teams are coming off bye weeks or extra rest when putting together the league schedule.
The Bills face the Jets on Sunday, who are coming off their bye week. It's the second time New York has had more time to prepare for Buffalo. In Week Two, the Jets played Thursday night, then faced the Bills on the Sunday of Week Three.
"Well I hope so, because we certainly have talked to the league about this because it's a little bit disappointing that we've had six games where teams are coming off a bye or a long week," Brandon said. "This is the second time. We played the Jets coming off a Thursday night game and now we're playing them coming off of a bye.
"I think we lead the league in the amount of games coming off of the short time or the bye week. It is a very, very tough job what they have in scheduling with all the different things that go into the formula, the stadium commitments and TV schedules, but it's certainly something that needs to be addressed."
The Bills have six such games this season, as was pointed out by the team's official website back in June.
Bills coach Doug Marrone was asked today whether he felt that was a disadvantage for his team.
"I do. I do," he said. "I think the biggest thing in this league, the one thing that helps you the most, is rest. That's why I think it is."
So far this year, teams playing the following week after a Thursday night game are 9-7 (56.1 winning percentage). Teams playing the week after their bye are 13-9 (59.1 winning percentage).
Last season, teams coming off their bye week went 15-15-2.
Since the 2001 season, teams are 214-181-3 coming off the bye week. That's a winning percentage of 54.2 (excluding the three ties). Is there an advantage for teams with extra rest? Probably.
But is it worth airing in public?
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