Post Bye Week Bonus
October 9 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Historically, in the game that immediately followed the bye week (which was implemented in 1990) the 49ers have had remarkably little success. Under the guidance of former head coach George Siefert, the 49ers were actually 0-6 after the bye week. Steve Mariucci has faired somewhat better after the bye week. Although the 49ers have historically struggled in the game that followed the bye, they have done remarkably well in the subsequent games.
In fact, the 49ers are 89-37 in their games after the bye week since 1990. Thatís more than two wins for every one loss. If history were to hold true, and this stat was the sole determining factor, the 49ers would finish this season 11-5. The success can actually be better than that, like in 1990, 1994, and 1997 when the team won seven strait games after its bye week. Their record in these seasons post-bye was 27-5.
Historically the 49ers had just one losing streak after a bye week. That was in 1999 when the team dropped five consecutive games. All this should not be that surprising considering the 49ers overwhelmingly good record throughout the 1990s.
After the bye in 1992 the 49ers won eight consecutive games, and in 2001 they won five consecutive games. These winning streaks were established after losing the game after the bye, showing that the team can bounce back despite some pretty big losses.
With the win over the Rams, the 49ers and Steve Mariucci further improved their record after the bye week. The team is playing in a struggling NFC West and thus could put together another streak of winning games as it has done in the past.