Week 17 is not far away, meaning the end of the regular season is near as well.
It's at this time of the year teams decide to sit their starters to rest them up for the offseason or postseason ahead, and provide the second and third string players an opportunity to show what they're made of.
That's not the case for the Arizona Cardinals.
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According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, via Pro Football Talk, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians will not be resting his starters for his team's game at the weekend against the Seattle Seahawks.
He said: We will approach this game like it’s game one. Don’t think you get anything out of resting guys. We’re playing so well right now, we don’t want to change.”
There is a lot of logic behind this decision despite the fact they have already secured the NFC West title and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
They could still secure home-field advantage for the duration of the playoffs if they won against their divisional rivals and the Carolina Panthers lost against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are playing at the same time. A long shot but still possible.
While it is the right thing to do, it is also very risky with the playoffs just around the corner. One of the Cardinals' best defensive players Tyrann Mathieu was sidelined for the rest of the season last week at a point in the game where the outcome was already decided. Precautions must be made to make sure the limit of which their best players are out on the field isn't exceeded.