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Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh will be faced will an age-old question this week. Should he rest players in the regular-season finale against the Bengals and get as healthy as possible for the po...

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Rest our our starters let adrian hamilton and the reserves run free our second tier recivers can b starters i think laquan is solid deonte is good wish streeter could get se work in we love to see omar brown out there let them get some work in we may need em in the playoffs
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No rest until watching the probowl on tv due to playing in the superbowl. Take advantage of every series and gel, gel, gel until holding a trophy above the heads. We played Rice, Pierce and Allen, that's resting/sharing. McKinnie was on the field, Ray Lewis is resting right now. Coach out of these games Harbaugh, you won me back over. Caldwell, continue and explode the offense, the fuse has been lit. Pees, the intensity is unmatched of all year, keep turning the nob and shake the ground touchdowns are made on.
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Most likely the Bengals will rest up, since they have nothing at all to gain by winning, other than pride and momentum. That should help us. It's a longshot for us to move up, but one never knows. Miami might come to play and also the Patsies haven't played well lately. They did get chewed out by Brady, though.
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Yes. The should. Jimmy, Reed, Ed, Terrell, Yanda, Ellerbe, & Pollard. I kind of want Anquan to reach 100 yards. but he might need the rest.
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I say rest,there is no way Miami will beat the Patriots in New England.Once Again the Patriots go to the Super Bowl and then get the NFL's easiest schedule.In all honesty we should have the 3 seed cause we beat the Eagles earlier in the year but the replacement refs took away a Jacoby Jones TD!! Thats 2 TD 'S that have been stolen from Jacoby and Joe this season!!Plus we beat the Pats already this year. I don't care what seed we are,If we play like we did Sunday We can beat any team in the NFL!!!!!!!!!!
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I see us playing hard for 1st half, then decide to pull few starters if we are leading. Otherwise, if this game is close, This game will be no different than any other games.
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@Stephenjr.....hate to burst your bubble, especially since I'm no fan of the Patsies, but we had a slightly easier schedule than they did, going by strength of schedule. Our combined opponents had a .484 winning pct., while theirs had a .502.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0ap1000000116754/article/2013-nfl-draft-order-if-the-season-ended-today
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i say we rest defensuve players. on offense rest boldin and maybe yanda and let the offense keep on rollin. the only players on d that need to gel our the secondary so i say we rest ellerbe suggs probably pollard because inhedigo is playing great. i want baltimore to play for the win so hopefully we can rest some players and still get a w
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Well, the Bengals said they'll be using their starters according to rotoworld. I want to say play our staters also to keep our momentum going. But if we play horrible or someone important gets injured, that can easily cost us in the long run (playoff wise).

http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nfl/252434/bengals-will-not-rest-starters-in-week-17
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This is the energy we been looking for all year long. They was resting on a 3 game losing streak now they are fired up. Rest comes with heavy rotation while staying use to contact. Research our rest history vs got to get it history.
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look at the packers last year, i don't know if resting players is really the answer. the offense should be getting into a stide right now to hit it hard in the playoffs.
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haha.. Ravens fans still salty about week 2? vs eagles?... yep we are doug on replacement refs!!! they cost us the number 3 seeding cuz of that jacoby jones they took away.... arrrghhhh!!!!!!!!
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Should we rest our QB and give our backup a shot or let Flacco play a half while Tyrod takes the second half
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I agree with Hugostiglitz. I think the offense needs to at least play a half to maintain some continuity and consistency. With the defense, you get what you get and the guys that rest on that side of the ball hadn't played in awhile anyway.

I digress. If the defense plays the way they did against the Giants in the playoffs and the offense displays similar play, I don't think ANYONE wants to see the Ravens, that includes the two teams who destroyed us this year (Texans and Broncos respectively). In fact, I don't see both the #1 and #2 seeds being around come AFC Championship time. One or both will be gone.
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I don't know what Harbaugh will do,but I'd love to see Taylor get at least a little bit of playing time, even if it's while Flacco is playing. You have to have a backup QB get some experience some time. If Flacco ever goes down, he'd have some actual game experience. I don't care how or when he gets it, but it's invaluable. And coming in at the end of a game for a couple of kneeldowns is not experience. Like to see Allen and a few others get to play, too. But, we'll see.....
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Should Resting: Pitta, Nagata, Reed, Pollard, Rice, Yanda, Suggs and Ellerbe.
Half game Rest: Joe Flacco, Vonta Leach, Arther Jones, Paul Kruger, Mcphee.
Full Game: Put Players, who did not get chance to show up in regular season. May be some of step up or shine as OMAR in last game.
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@NaveSenrag.....if we rest all the players w/even a scratch, we'll not have anyone to play....just kidding, of course. I agree w/you.
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Approach the game as one would a last preseason game. After 16 games there should be little worry of rustiness creeping in and the reserves deserve some playing time to see who should be activated for the playoffs.
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Birk and Reed and Suggs don't need to play at all, they'll be ready as long as they're healthy. Flacco and the offense should take the field for at least a quarter to stay sharp and work on red zone efficiency. I think Oher, Reid, KO, J. Smith, C. Brown, Dickson should play most of the game. Also, why not take this opportunity to tinker with the O-line a bit? Mckinnie at left, Oher at right, KO at guard.
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Play the starters a half..... the bengals won't be playing to win. they'll be playing because there at home.... etc.
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Here's what we got to deal with: Would we benefit more from resting nearly all of our players or chance losing momentum and come out and play sluggish against the Colts?
A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
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play to win.. never been a fan of losing momentum like that. can't be afraid of injuries this is still an important divisional game
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I say play the starter if they show they can be in rhyme and have the game in hand, by all mean sit them, but one game in rhyme in the last 5 doesn't mean they have a handle on things to justify sitting them, they have to get a grove and stay there.. to me it more important to still in that grove while we are there.. we already shown that we have hard time getting into rhyme... just my opinion :-)
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Pierce will be my choice as workhorse. The squad will be hungry to get their chance to make the most of it. Expect some good things from some young players. Tyrod Taylor is the man.
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Play all starters able and willing for the first half. Then re-evaluate at half time whether to put in the subs. Cincy has even less to play for than us: can't move up, can't win the division. I don't want them going into the playoffs with a big win momentum against us.
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This time of year variables change so you have to play the entire system. Every Raven player will be out there with their intent on winning this game. But there is a catch. Coaches will decide who wins this one. They are calling the plays.
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Rest all those with injuries.

Play the healthy starters in first half only, but let Reed do all the returns.

Try to win the game with the backups. Don't just run Allen up the middle all second half, lets see what Taylor can do with LaQuan, Doss, and Thompson. I believe we can win the game with them.
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I think the offense (with maybe the exception of Rice) has to play at least the first half. They have to make sure that they keep chemistry going and aren't flat coming off a dominant performance.

I could really care less about who on the defense plays. I suspect guys like Pollard will be held out again, but I'm thinking Suggs only plays about a half or so and maybe some time off for Ellerbe also. I would like to see Jimmy Smith and Chykie Brown getting extended time on the field.

Then again, I'd like to see Tyrod Taylor play a whole game against a good defense and make Flacco look good.
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Instead of playing Dalton and the Bengels I'd like to play against a rookie quarterback in Baltimore who, after the first 4 games, did not beat a team with a winning record.

Treat the next game like a preseason game, rest the injuries, and surprise the heck out of everyone on the way to the SB.
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unleash the starters so that they can build a lead large enough to WIN the game....then....rest them and bring in the backups!

~Mili
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Age old question? Let's see:

"Should the Ravens risk injury to key players and maybe losing them for the playoffs, for a win that means nothing at all?"

Is this even a question?

(Yeah, I know, technically we can still overtake the Pats, but c'mon... they'll play the Dolphins at home... Of course they're gonna win...)

... and congratulations to coach Harbaugh for his trademark "I'm speaking, but I don't really say anything." type of answer.

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[quote name='Militant X 1' timestamp='1356468159' post='1278867']
unleash the starters so that they can build a lead large enough to WIN the game....then....rest them and bring in the backups!

~Mili
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Aha. And what if, at half time, we're close and Rice is down and out for the season? Will it still sound like a good idea for you?

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This all reminds me of a couple of years ago where NE decided to play Wes Welker and he got hurt bad in the final game and missed the playoffs. Just sayin'.....
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Yeah....maybe Harbaugh should consider a career in politics when he retires.
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Well, as is my habit, I went over and read the sports page of the Cincinnati Enquirer when I saw this!

Sports columnist Joe Reedy said: "The two previous times that the Bengals have gone into the final week of the regular season with a playoff berth wrapped up and no way to advance their standing, Marvin Lewis has elected to rest most of his starters in the finale to prepare for the playoffs.

The early indication is that isn't going to be the case this year."

Marvin Lewis' reasoning: "I don't really have any beat up guys. So, the only thing that is at stake is you go out and play to win the game every time we go, win the game."

Well, they are trying to win the game! Are we trying to heal players or what?

I say healing is more important than my previous stance of playing the Ones to win and gain "momentum" as the driving force!

What changed my mind? Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin may not be here in 2013, so go out and try to get the ring! Our Twos, Threes and Practice Squad guys have stared at the beast and didn't blink!

Rest the wounded until our Playoff game!
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Sit the injured players completely and let the remaining starters play for a few series to a quarter that would be the smart thing
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There's also that issue with guys carrying incentive-laden contracts for the regular season!

I don't know how many or what incentives, or even if they're on the bubble toward making a couple hundred thousand more but it's a concern!

We can likely rest assured that McKinnie's nowhere near his incentive package but play him if he's fresh!
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We're not going to get the third seed so let some offensive players play and everyone else rest. We need it if Andy Luck is coming to town. Keep the chemistry there but remember, it's ok to lose this game. It means nothing for us.
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[quote name='NCMan' timestamp='1356459037' post='1278793']
@Stephenjr.....hate to burst your bubble, especially since I'm no fan of the Patsies, but we had a slightly easier schedule than they did, going by strength of schedule. Our combined opponents had a .484 winning pct., while theirs had a .502.

[url="http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/0ap1000000116754/article/2013-nfl-draft-order-if-the-season-ended-today"]http://www.nfl.com/d...son-ended-today[/url]
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[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]Which, to some degree, is our fault for beating them. You take our "W" over them away, it weakens their strength-of-schedule just a bit and boosts ours up.[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]I knew we should've thrown that game. :D[/i][/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]~ Cosmic[/i][/font]
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