It’s a question that many have debated; should you rest your starting players if your spot in the playoffs is already set in stone? Well that is the current question the Cincinnati Bengals must ask themselves, having clinched the AFC North. Miami Dolphins‘ fans better hope that Marvin Lewis isn’t the type to give his stars a break.
The Dolphins need the Bengals to beat the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday in order to sneak into the playoffs after blowing their opportunity to control their own destiny last Sunday. Dolphins’ fans better pray the Bengals decide to play stars such as Andy Dalton and AJ Green the whole game.
On the other hand, that same star sitting scenario could benefit the Dolphins if the Kansas City Chiefs, who have locked up the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, and head coach Andy Reid decide to sit their star players against the San Diego Chargers, who are still fighting for the playoffs themselves even though their chances are slim. Jamaal Charles is the player Dolphins and Chargers’ fans would love to see get some rest Sunday as he is the backbone of the Kansas City offense. The Dolphins need the Chargers to beat the Chiefs — if the Ravens don’t lose — in order to make the playoffs.
All of these scenarios only matter if the Dolphins win Sunday when they play host to the New York Jets, which is no guarantee after their performance last week. And there is also no guarantee that either of these coaches will sit anyone because that has backfired for teams in the past.
Either way, if both teams either sit or start their stars, the Dolphins will have a favorable scenario. But if the Bengals decide to sit starters and the Chiefs don’t — let’s just say the Dolphins’ playoff hopes would be very bleak. Fans of hte Dolphins better hope for the Chiefs to sit ‘em and the Bengals to start ‘em because that’s the clearest road to the No. 6 seed of the AFC playoffs for this team.