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The Ravens could rest some starters versus Cincinnati.

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We don't need Yanda, Ngata, Q or Ray for this one!

Let Arthur Jones and the kids continue to rumble and let the wounded "Ones" get a "Bye"!
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Nugent is out?!?! Well, if we win, it won't seem fair, because the Bengals are without good Ol' Mr. Cat Scratch Fever!!
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On offense:
Off for Yanda, Boldin, Rice, Leach
part-time (maybe a quarter or two) for J.Jones, T.Smith, D.Pitta

On Defense:
Off for Ngata, D.Ellerbe, T.Suggs, E.Reed, Pollard
Part-time for C.Williams, McPhee
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I would not play any player who is even remotely hurt. Give them the week off. We need as many healthy bodies that we can get. If we have any chance in advancing past the first round we need to take it easy and just let the Bengals game play out with reserves and Tyrod. I did feel we needed to play all of our starters for a full half but as i look at our banged up troops and nothing to gain we need to rest as many bodies as possible.
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Forget David Reed playing. The guy has done nothing, yet when we have a player like laquan williams who goes out and plays hard we don't give him a start. And I would also like to see Tyrod play out there
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We def need to rest the players that are banged up, but on offense, i think we need to go full out, except Ray Rice. This will be just the 3rd game with our new OC, and the way last week went, we need to stay hot and keep working on things. There isn't a better place to work on it than Sunday. Flacco and Caldwell can continue to gell, along with the rest of the offense. I'd say give rice about 8-10 carries then let Pierce be the big dawg this week. I just want to be as healthy as possible going in to the playoffs, but i also want to be playing very well.
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It would be nice to operate the offense as usual. It is not about momentum, but it is about getting Caldwell working with his unit on the road. We're going to have to take the show on the road (hopefully) during the playoffs, so we need all the time we can get with the our new OC.

That being said, it will be hard to get the rhythm going without Yanda and Boldin. That's our best run blocker and our most reliable receiver out of the mix.
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Hey remember Coach Harbaugh, Joe has 217 passing yards to play for 4,000 yard season! :)
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I dont know how you guys feel but, Why not give Ed this sunday off and Start Omar.. Reed could use the rest
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Rest yanda we need him for the playoffs.... let Harewood get some playing time. Rest reed let the dude heal up.... Ngata should be fine. Rest suggs and give upshaw some more time. Everybody else should be fine... and keep pollard out 1 more game.... the chest thing is really bothering him it's been getting worse since week 2...let osemele play guard just to expierment.
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I still think we can rest up our main guys who have lingering injuries and beat the Bangles.

That's right, I said the Bangles.
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Would love to see Gradkowski out there to give Matt some rest and to see if he can handle a whole game.......Activate Dennis Dixon and give him some reps please........i would give Joe the start but don't want to see him hurt now(as if thats possible to hurt, he is VERY durable)but Tyrod and Dixon should get some reps......
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Just like preseason football! Let the starters play the 1st half and in the 2nd half "Next Man Up"! The youngsters can handle ANY scratching and clawing the bungles may do! Lol!
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Since they're not benching Flacco, it looks like he'll reach the 4000-yd mark for the 1st time in his career. He's just 217 yd short. CIN is the #10 passing defense, so it's feasible, but it won't be easy.
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Tyrod needs some experience. This will benefit the entire team- for WHEN / IF needed.
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Just thinking... Why have a "Who's palying and who isn't" type article on Friday when we can't know that until Sunday? Seems to beat the purpose to me...

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The overwhelming fan sentiment is to rest darn near everybody. Harbaugh's given every indication that's not going to be our approach. It's going to be interesting to see how they actually handle this come Sunday.
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We should go into this game to win the bangles will come at us with everything they have so we need to do the same but of course some injuries needs to be nursed ie: bolden I think if doss can play put him in over bolden
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No matter who's playing let's go keep the momentum going and head for New Orleans.
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I've been thinking about this but we should rest Ray Rice for the playoffs.
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Honestly, the starters need to play at least most of the game. The offense needs to keep working with Caldwell, and they need to hit their stride in more than one game in the last 6. The offense hasn't been good this second half until last week against the Giants. They NEED to get themselves into the game, or it could be bad. Don't wait til the playoffs to work out those kinks.
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One thing to consider, since you can't rest everybody, is that if you rest someone like Yanda, or Leach, could this result in Flacco getting killed? Or do you just play Tyrod and basically forfeit the game? (not that Tyrod is that bad, but he is not the #1 quarterback.)
We know that Marvin Lewis is going to be playing his #1s because in 2005 and 2009 he rested players in the last (meaningless) game and that resulted in a disaster in the playoffs for them. He wants the momentum.
Therefore, if we don/t play certain #1s, even though they need the rest, this could have unintended consequences.
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i def would not show them all Our tricks for instance we may want to try some new things to totally off balance them and get them fooled like 3-4 wr sets 2 te sets different types of screens flea flickers ,and on defense play a cover 2 the whole Game But Blitz in different odd formations we havent done ,stuff like this if we have to play them 1st round would throw them off completely and the Film you might as well throw out the door ,But i stillam predicting NE gets upset by Miami this week im going on week 1 and last weeks Pats Game so it can Happen and we would then have to play a colts team whom is Probably tied at this point with the Bengals only difference Pagano knows this team well,so its the approach all in the approach to fool those 2 teams.
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I hope we don't rest a lot of our guys, i would rest the ones that are banged up. We don't need any rust coming into the playoffs, and after last week, we need to keep the train rolling. Last year against Houston in the divisional round, we would have lost if Matt Shaub was the QB, we looked rusty. I say rest yanda, ngata, pollard, Ellerbe (maybe), and Suggs. Offensively we need to be as strong as we can. Also, Flacco only needs 217 yards for 4000, while that isn't a sure thing, i would like to see him get the 4000 mark. Rice shouldn't get a big workload, around 10 carries should be enough. Let Pierce and Allen get some good work.
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I'm sure Harbs would rest a lot more guys if he could, but as he stated, the numbers just won't allow too many guys to sit.
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I won't be satisfied with losing and neither will the Ravens, so if a player is ready to go he will play regardless of the risk. We are playing for something here people.
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I expect Caldwell to stick to a vanilla offensive plan, given the circumstances. Just dump-offs to Pierce and short passes for 1st downs.
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As long as we can field a roster that fulfills the requirement for game day, I am alright with it. In fact, I am a big proponent of resting most of our banged up starters, even if they are slightly banged up so they can recover for a post season run.

I honestly don't believe we will end up with the 3rd seed even if we win, because I really don't see the Pats losing to the Dolphins in Gillette stadium - I don't. So, why risk further injury to banged up starters instead of letting them rest and heal up fully to play the Colts?

I know there are two schools of thought here, and the Ravens coaching staff has already professed a different school, but I think I am right on this....
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Common sense tells us that players who would normally play hurt probably wont play Sunday, but no matter who is on the field in purple, they will try to cage them ugly bungles. GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!!!! ( I hope TTaylor gets some reps just for experience ) (TTaylor and Pierce running the option ? Just Kidding )
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@flaccopoe, you do that and it will be a disaster. Creating a game scheme to be 1-dimensional and limiting ourselves will do more harm than good.

We got to go play the game in full force and win the game. Otherwise, missing major key pieces here and there, and limiting to 1-dimension offense will cause a major collatoral damage on both side of the ball.
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[quote name='WeCanDoAllThings52' timestamp='1356753659' post='1281550']
I won't be satisfied with losing and neither will the Ravens, so if a player is ready to go he will play regardless of the risk. We are playing for something here people.
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Yep, and it's exactly that "something" we're risking by playing our best guys in a game that doesn't really matter...

Let me ask you the question I've already asked here arlier: if Rice goes down on Sunday and is out for the playoffs - will you still say it was a good idea to play him?

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Seems like every year at this time we all debate this play em' or not stuff. Who cares? The coaches and players will do what's best. Enough already!! The answer is always the same.
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Not only should we rest our guys, the training staff should roll out the Lazy Boy recliners and a couple of massage tables on the sidelines this Sunday. :)
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I hear ya Bio but I don't think we want to start down that slipper slope of playing half-fast :-)
If Ray goes down, Pierce steps up.
If Lewis goes down, Ellerby steps up. This is what a team needs to do to make it all the way. If we start worrying about who can get injured, so will the players.
No, I say go all out and let the chips fall where they may. It's what these guys get paid for.
I don;t think I would put our whole playbook out there but I would definately go out there with the intention of doing what we need to, to get the win.
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