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Throwback Thursday: Bye-Weeks

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From the viewing perspective, it's a fan's worst nightmare. When your favorite team doesn't play in a given week, there's just a little less thrill in the football weekend. This is that week for Colts fans. This week's Throwback Thursday examines the phenomenon that is the bye-week, and looks at the first time the Colts had a bye.

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I've never been a fan of the bye week. Mainly because we wait all week for football on Sunday only to have the Indianapolis Colts not actually play. I understand why the bye-week exists, and I think it is a good idea. Plus it came at a great time this year for the Colts!

The bye-week turns 24-years-old this NFL season, since its creation in 1990. Although it is worth noting that the AFL had a bye-week scheduled into its league back in the 1960s. However, this was dropped when the league merged with the NFL.

There have also been a few changes to the bye-week format. In 1993 and 2001, the season was 18 weeks long, and teams had two bye-weeks. For some reason I don't remember this actually happening, but it must have. Also, between 1999 and 2001, the NFL had 31 teams. This meant that each week a team had to be on a bye.

I wanted to take a broad look at the Colts 1990 season, though, in honor of the bye-week.

The 1990 Colts were not that great, but not that terrible either.

They still had Eric Dickerson, well past his prime, at running back along with fullback Albert Brently, who actually led the team in touchdowns. Bill Brooks, Jessie Hester, and Stanley Morgan all hauled in five touchdowns a piece (Hester had 6).

At quarterback, the Colts trotted out the number one overall pick, and highest paid rookie in the NFL. Jeff George.

The rookie would throw 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Not too bad for a rookie. Unfortunately, this was George's best statistical season with the Colts.

On the field, the team began 0-3 which included a loss to the New England Patriots. This would be the Patriots only win of the year.

The Colts would get their wins in small bunches during the season. Wins came in weeks 4 and 5, then in 10, 11, and 12, and the final set came in weeks 15 and 16.

What I thought was interesting was that the team basically ran the gauntlet of elite QBs of the late 80s and early 90s that season. They played against Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Phil Simms, Mark Rypien, John Elway, Boomer Esiason, Jim Kelly (twice), and Dan Marino (twice). Yikes.

This was also Ron Meyer's final full season as head coach of the Colts.

The strangest game of the season, in my opinion, came in the rematch against the Patriots. In Foxboro, George and the offense managed 155 yards of total offense to go along with a whopping 5 first downs. The Colts ran for 54 yards, and George finished 6-24 passing for 101 total yards.

The Patriots had nearly 100 more yards of offense that day, although they did have a turnover. Yet, this was a game where the numbers do lie. The Colts somehow emerged victorious. I almost wish I could watch this game to see exactly how they pulled off this win.

Unfortunately, this was not the team's lowest offensive output of the season. A Week 14 match-up against the Buffalo Bills yielded 127 yards to go along with three turnovers. A mere 52 of those yards were passing. You probably don't need me to tell you that the Colts lost that game.

Oh and the Colts first ever bye week came in Week 6 with the team sitting at 2-3.

That wraps up this edition of Throwback Thursday. Use the bye week as a chance to rest your lungs (for those of you who yell at the TV) and lower your blood pressure. Because next week is Patriots week.