Baltimore Ravens fans everywhere are screaming, “No!”
As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to take on the San Diego Chargers in a rather meaningless game for the former franchise, the Ravens will battle it out with the Cincinnati Bengals for their playoff lives — and Baltimore needs some help from a friend.
The Chiefs have already locked down their playoff position and head coach Andy Reid has said he’s not sure whether or not he will rest his starters in week 17. Some have speculated, though, that it is a very likely possibility. If that’s the case, you probably wouldn’t see guys like Jamaal Charles and Tamba Hali — two guys the Chargers would be delighted to see take a day of rest.
Here’s the scenario: If the Chiefs beat the Chargers and the Ravens win against Cincinnati, then Baltimore is in the playoffs. But, even if Baltimore wins and the Chiefs lose, the Ravens will miss the postseason. San Diego is tied at the moment with Baltimore, and they alike are facing a must-win situation to get into the playoffs.
If you are a Chiefs fan, you love the idea of resting the starters. I would be all for it. Obviously, there is the argument that the guys need to have momentum going and be in some sort of a rhythm heading into the playoffs. Too much time off may in fact hurt them. But, is that a bigger risk than the risk of injury?
That’s why I’m glad I’m not coach Reid.
Personally, I think Reid should make the decision to sit his most valuable starters — the guys he simply would not stand a chance to win without. Those guys would probably include Charles, Hali as well as quarterback Alex Smith and maybe a few more guys in Kansas City’s front seven. You never want to lose a game, nor try to lose one, but the Chiefs need to do everything with one thing in mind: A healthy team two weeks from now.