That has been especially true in games after bye weeks, which Reid has largely dominated across his career.
Andy Reid’s Record After Byes
Reid has become known as a master of bye-week preparation throughout his coaching career, and for good reason. The longtime head coach’s teams have rarely been denied victory in the games following their bye weeks.
After taking over as the Eagles’ head coach in 1999, Reid won his first post-bye game by a score of 38-31. That victory started a streak of 13 consecutive seasons in which he won the game immediately after a bye to begin his tenure leading Philadelphia.
That stretch of dominance got its first blemish in 2012, coincidentally Reid’s final season leading the Eagles. Philadelphia lost its Week 8 bout with the Falcons by a score of 30-17, one of many defeats during a 4-12 season that spelled the end of Reid’s time with the franchise.
Reid then also lost his first post-bye game in Kansas City, falling 27-17 to the Denver Broncos in Week 11 of the 2013 season as the Chiefs saw a 9-0 start end on the night. They went on to finish 11-5 and fall in the opening round of the playoffs.
After three more post-bye wins, Reid took his most recent such loss in 2017, as Kansas City fell 12-9 to the New York Giants in overtime of their Week 11 clash.
The Chiefs have won each of their next five games immediately after a bye, most recently taking a 20-17 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans in last year’s Week 9 clash.
Overall, that leaves Reid at 21-3 in post-bye week games across his first 24 seasons as a head coach of the Chiefs and Eagles. Reid won those games in each of his two Super Bowl-winning seasons, 2017 and 2022.
Will Trend Continue Against Former Team?
Reid aims to keep his track record of post-bye dominance rolling this week as he and Kansas City take on his former team, Philadelphia.
The Monday Night Football matchup pits two of the NFL’s top teams against each other as the Chiefs enter at 7-2 against the 8-1 Eagles. The game is a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl, which Kansas City won 38-35, and also pits brothers Travis and Jason Kelce against one another.
For Reid, though, the matchup will provide just the latest opportunity for him to show just how well he can prepare a team during a bye week.
Time will tell who prevails, but Reid’s track record suggests the Chiefs are well-positioned to come out on top in yet another post-bye week bout.