History Lesson: Dolphins After The Bye

Posted Oct 25, 2012

History has been kind to the Dolphins following the bye weekend.

After taking last weekend off, the Dolphins are back in action this Sunday when they travel to New York to take on the Jets.

Teams around the league have a 6-4 record this season coming off their bye, the latest example being the Chicago Bears, 13-7 winners against Detroit on Monday night.

For the Dolphins, the post-bye week has offered more success than failure through the years, with Miami sporting a 12-10 record since the byes first started in 1990.

In the early years, the Dolphins were unbeatable after the bye. They won their first six post-bye games, starting with a 17-10 victory against New England in 1990 and including victories against Buffalo and Indianapolis in 1993 - the one year the league decided to give each team two byes.

The Dolphins didn’t have a bye in 1992 because their scheduled opener against New England was postponed until Oct. 18 - when the Dolphins and Patriots both originally were scheduled to have their bye - because of Hurricane Andrew.

Since 2005, the Dolphins have alternated wins and losses after the bye, which means good news if the patterns continues this year. Remember, the Dolphins lost their post-bye game last year, dropping a 24-6 decision against the Jets in a Monday night game at MetLife Stadium in Matt Moore’s first start at quarterback following the season-ending shoulder injury to Chad Henne.

The Dolphins’ last three post-bye victories have all been impressive in their own way, although new Head Coach Joe Philbin probably doesn’t care to remember one of them.

Philbin was the offensive coordinator with Green Bay in 2010 when the Dolphins came to town with a 2-2 record and stunned the Packers in overtime, 23-20, at Lambeau Field. Cameron Wake had three sacks in that game as the Dolphins beat a Green Bay team that would go on to win the Super Bowl that season.

Two years earlier, the Dolphins took on the two-time defending AFC West champion San Diego Chargers coming off their bye. In their previous game, the Dolphins had stunned New England, 38-13, on the day they unveiled the Wildcat.

Against the Chargers, the Dolphins scored a 17-10 victory after recording four first downs to kill the last 5:55 off the clock.

But the Dolphins’ most impressive post-bye victory over the last decade easily came in 2006 at Chicago.

The Dolphins had lost their last four games before the bye, while the Bears came into the game at Soldier Field with a 7-0 record. Thanks in large part to a Jason Taylor interception return for a touchdown, the Dolphins not only beat the Bears but dominated them on their way to a 31-13 victory. Like Green Bay in 2010, the Bears would go on to reach the Super Bowl that season.

Here’s the complete rundown of the Dolphins’ games after bye weeks:

2011 — at New York Jets, L 6-24
2010 — at Green Bay, W 23-20 (OT)
2009 — New Orleans, L 34-46
2008 — San Diego, W 17-10
2007 — Buffalo, L 10-13
2006 — at Chicago, W 31-13
2005 — at Buffalo, L 14-20
2004 — at Seattle, L 17-24
2003 — at N.Y. Giants, W 23-10
2002 — at Green Bay, L, 10-24
2001 — at Seattle, W 24-20
2000 — at N.Y. Jets, L 37-40 (OT)
1999 — Buffalo, L 18-23
1998 — at N.Y. Jets, L 9-20
1997 — Kansas City, W 17-14
1996 — Seattle, L 15-22
1995 — at Cincinnati, W 26-23
1994 — at New England, W 23-3
1993 — at Buffalo, W 22-13 and Indianapolis, W 41-27
1992 — None*
1991 — at Indianapolis, W 10-6
1990 — New England, W 17-10

*-The Dolphins played New England on their scheduled bye after the regular season opener between the teams was postponed because of Hurricane Andrew.

Overall record: 12-10
At home: 4-4
On the road: 8-6

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