It’s a big topic of discussion right now across the blogosphere and across sport talk radio. And that is that choice to rest a team’s starting players for more important games. And the Philadelphia Eagles next opponent, the Chicago Bears, fall into that very category this weekend. Depending upon the outcomes of the Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants games, the Bears could potentially be crowned the NFC North divisional champions with a victory over the Eagles. Another outcome for those games could also make Sunday’s matchup in Philly almost meaningless for Chicago as well.
And Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman is on the fence about whether he might sit his starters against the Birds if the previous games results fall a certain why. Here’s how Trestman explained his thought process to CBS Chicago:
“We’re 8-6 and we need to continue to progress and win, I think that’s No. 1. No. 2 is, winning does take us a to a different place in terms of potential seeding, which is critically important, so just leaving it at that is enough to reason out how we would want to play the game…Could that change? Certainly. But right now, we’re focused on winning a game and there’s nothing else to discuss at this time. And at 7 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday night, if the situation needs to be re-evaluated again, it’s open for discussion.”
Regardless of what Chicago decides to do, you can bet the Eagles will be playing their starters on Sunday night. Not only has the game been rescheduled for primetime coverage, but Philadelphia has a chance to win the NFC East with a victory and a Dallas loss to Washington.