Originally written on Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Blog  |  Last updated 10/9/12

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The Cowboys return to action next weekend with a 2-2 record. Nine teams in the NFC now have a better record, including every team in the NFC West.


Nevertheless, the Cowboys are usually pretty good after bye weeks. Since the league first started giving teams a week off in the middle of seasons in 1990, the Cowboys have  total record of 16-7 after bye weeks. This included five consecutive wins between 2005 and 2009.


The bad news is that the Cowboys have lost games after bye weeks during each of the last two seasons, and both losses were most frustrating. Two years ago, the Cowboys allowed a long kickoff return to the Titans late in the fourth quarter after Dallas had tied the game. Tennessee scored and won the game 34-27. Last year, Dallas held a fourth-quarter lead at New England only to let fans watch a patented let-down in a 20-16 loss.


In 2012, the Cowboys have to travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens, whom the Cowboys have never defeated. The last time Dallas faced Baltimore, the Cowboys added to their recent legacy of disgrace by blowing the final home game at Texas Stadium in 2008.


Here is a look at the games following bye weeks.


1990


Record before the bye: 6-7


Next game vs. Phoenix: W 41-10


1991


Record before the bye: 5-2


Next game vs. Detroit: L 34-10


1992


Record before the bye: 3-0


Next game vs. Philadelphia: L 31-7


1993 (first bye)


Record before the bye: 1-2


Next game vs. Green Bay: W 36-14


1993 (second bye)


Record before the bye: 4-2


Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 23-10


1994


Record before the bye: 2-1


Next game vs. Washington: W 34-7


1995


Record before the bye: 6-1


Next game vs. Atlanta: W 28-13


1996


Record before the bye: 2-3


Next game vs. Arizona: W 17-3


1997


Record before the bye: 2-1


Next game vs. Chicago: W 27-3


1998


Record before the bye: 4-3


Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 34-0


1999


Record before the bye: 2-0


Next game vs. Arizona: W 35-7


2000


Record before the bye: 2-3


Next game vs. N.Y. Giants: L 19-14


2001


Record before the bye: 1-4


Next game  vs. Arizona: W 17-3


2002


Record before the bye: 3-6


Next game vs. Indianapolis: L 20-3


2003


Record before the bye: 1-1


Next game vs. N.Y. Jets: W 17-6


2004


Record before the bye: 2-1


Next game vs. N.Y. Giants: L 26-10


2005


Record before the bye: 5-3


Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 21-20


2006


Record before the bye: 1-1


Next game vs. Tennessee: W 45-14


2007


Record before the bye: 6-1


Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 38-17


2008


Record before the bye: 5-4


Next game vs. Washington: W 14-10


2009


Record before the bye: 3-2


Next game vs. Atlanta: W 37-21


2010


Record before the bye: 1-2


Next game vs. Tennessee: L 34-27


2011


Record before the bye: 2-2


Next game vs. New England: L 20-16


2012


Record before the bye: 2-2


Totals:


Winning records before a bye week (counting the 1993 season twice): 13


Losing record before a bye week: 7


.500 record before a bye week (including the 2012 season): 4


Record after a bye week: 16-7


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  • Jones: Bye Week Comes At Good Time For Cowboys







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