The Saints’ victory over the Vikings made the Pirates stand out from the playoffs, but if they beat the Lions today, the Pirates will win. In this case, they may decide to relax in week 17.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians admitted that if Bucs finds himself in this situation next week against the Falcons, he may want to put some of his top players in peace.
“We will study possible changes,” Arians said via Jon Ledyard of PewterReport.com. “If we are locked in one location, then I would not object to placing a couple. But we still have to win ball games.”
Even if they won the playoffs today, they will still play for the playoff seeds in Week 17, but in any case, they know that they must win the playoffs to move forward. Arians may decide that he wants to rest key players such as Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski.
Although Brady participated in many meaningless Week 17 games when the Patriots had already won the playoff seed, he never participated in Week 17 games. However, he sometimes leaves the game early. If Brady participates in one or two series to maintain the freshness at the end of the season and then gives way to Blaine Gabbert, then no one will be surprised.