The Kansas City Chiefs bye week is over so we're back to the grind. The Chiefs Week 6 bye gives them an extra week of rest before facing the Chargers in San Diego, which is always a difficult game.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has lost his last post-bye week games in the last two years. Before that? He won 13 in a row. So a 13-2 record after the bye is pretty damn good.
Here's what Reid said last year when asked about his post-bye week record:
"I've been blessed with good players and good coaches," Reid said. "I don't know if there's a secret to that. If there is, I can't give it to you. I don't know what that is.
"I've always given the guys time off, maybe when that wasn't the popular thing to do. The league has got regulations on that now, so the players get some time off no matter what the coach does during a bye week. We give them an extra couple of days; we give them the week of, which we normally do. I've normally done that in the past, and it's worked out OK."
And here's what Reid said on Monday about his post-bye weeks:
"Well, what I do is the players get a week off and coaches get a few days off," Reid said. "The coaches are able to go back and do some self-scout work without any distractions around where they have to worry about meetings with the players. I did do that in Philly. Mike [Holmgren] did it actually one time in Green Bay and gave the players more time than what they normally get. Normally they'd practice during the week and he gave them, might have been a week, but more than one or two days off. I thought it could kind of rejuvenate guys and get them back healthy."
Last year the Chiefs had to play the Broncos in Denver after the bye, which was probably the hardest game on the schedule. This year the Chiefs are playing the Chargers in San Diego. The Chargers are now 5-1 and one of the best teams in football. This will be another incredibly difficult task.
Here is a brief history of Andy Reid's post-bye week record:
2013: vs. Broncos 27-17 (loss)
2012 vs. Falcons: 30-17 (loss)
2011 vs. Cowboys: 34-7
2010 vs. Colts: 26-24
2009 vs. Bucs: 33-14
2008 vs. Falcons: 27-14
2007 vs. Jets: 16-9
2006 vs. Redskins: 27-3
2005 vs. Chargers: 20-17
2004 vs. Panthers: 30-8
2003 vs. Bills: 23-13
2002 vs. Bucs: 20-10
2001 vs. Giants: 10-9
2000 vs. Bengals: 16-7
1999 vs. Rams: 38-31