New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick is an unstoppable force when he leads his teams in their first game after the bye week. The greatest coach in the history of football will continue to show why he’s just that as he leads his Patriots’ team out of the bye week this coming Sunday.
Belichick has his squad at 5-4. Right now, they have a better record than the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are 5-5. The Patriots have a tough test on Sunday as they face the New York Jets, who were also on their bye week.
New England being able to get a win on Sunday will further complicate the AFC East standings and will continue to push the Patriots up the playoff picture ladder. One of the biggest advantages that Bill Belichick has proved to have is the game after the bye week.
According to nbcsports.com, Belichick is a whopping 14-5 after the bye week. Now, this article was originally published in the 2019 season, so we need to add a few more years to this to get his actual post-bye record.
In 2019, the Patriots did defeat the Eagles after their bye week. In 2020, they lost to the Denver Broncos, and in 2021, they lost to the Indianapolis Colts. That makes Belichick a whopping 15-7 after the bye week has head coach of the New England Patriots.
That is a .681 winning percentage. So, his teams are winning more than two thirds of their games coming off a bye week. It’s a sensational record and is a massive advantage that the team has. In their first game against the Jets, the Patriots’ offense did struggle to put points on the board, but their defense made life hard for Zach Wilson.
The gameplan will likely be similar to their first matchup with the team. The Jets are 6-3 and would fall behind the Patriots in the division if New England won.