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Kelly won’t rest starters next week if Cowboys win

Chip Kelly AP

If the Cowboys beat the Redskins on Sunday, the Week 17 game between Dallas and Philadelphia determines a playoff berth.

Which also makes Sunday night’s game between the Bears and Eagles meaningless for the Eagles.

Which could tempt the Eagles to sit their starters in advance of a Week 17 winner-take-all game Third Annual NFC East Championship Game.  But they won’t.

Coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Monday that he’ll play his starters, if the Cowboys win earlier in the day.

Whether Kelly plays his starters for the entire game will be a different issue, especially if the Eagles fall behind and it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for the regular-season finale.

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31 Responses to “Kelly won’t rest starters next week if Cowboys win”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    If the NFL divisional format and playoff selection process were different, then that game COULD have mattered. But it didn’t work out this time under this system. I think this a problem still even if nobody else does.

  2. mancave001 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:39 PM

    There is no way I’d rest my starters in that case. No way…not unless the game was completely out of hand either way. Otherwise, they need to practice.

  3. Pat says: Dec 16, 2013 2:40 PM

    not exactly meaningless, as it could still prove important for who gets the #3 seed between the NFC East winner, and the North. but that isn’t a huge advantage to be fair

  4. meatcarroll says: Dec 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    There is no such thing as a meaningless NFL game.

  5. phillyphever says: Dec 16, 2013 2:48 PM

    Still matters either way. They need to get the tiebreaker on the Bears for the 3rd seed in the playoffs.

  6. dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 16, 2013 2:49 PM

    If you just choose the top 6 teams from each conference for the playoffs, then you might as well just eliminate divisions and have two conferences only. Rivalries will no longer matter and winning your division no longer matters. Which in turn means most of the regular season no longer matters. The current system is just the way it should be even if some years a team with a better record doesn’t go to the playoffs.

  7. vdogg says: Dec 16, 2013 2:51 PM

    Are you sure he didn’t rest the starters Sunday during that beating from the Vikings?

  8. 25cuts says: Dec 16, 2013 2:55 PM

    Skins will beat Dallas and the bears game will be for the division. Then they’ll rest their starters in week 17.

  9. whoisrdymlz says: Dec 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    the only tragedy here is that one of these teams get to host a playoff game

  10. chrisknowsdbr says: Dec 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    great job with the flexing schedule NFL

  11. phillysports77 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:02 PM

    I just want the win!!!

  12. doe22us says: Dec 16, 2013 3:03 PM

    As recent history has shown resting your starters rarely pay dividends, you want to go into the playoffs rolling and from what i can see no team this year is served in anyway shape or form to rest their starters.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 16, 2013 3:06 PM

    dontouchmyjunk:

    Yea that’s what most people seem to think and that’s the way it is. I just see it differently. And we already have 2 conferences. I think you meant to say only having 2 divisions. I’m asking for 4 divisions and to me I think rivalries only get enhanced in this type of format. I just see it a completely different way.

    But it doesn’t matter, it’s not like this is a live issue that is likely to change, there’s virtually no likelihood of the NFL changing the structure or format any time soon, so it’s a moot point. And I’m in the minority of people who like the system that I like. Most people are very averse to change and in my system there is no more playing every team in your division twice (thus to me more new rivalries are born). I have no problem with that at all, but you can bet most fans would hate that on first thought.

  14. ochospantalones says: Dec 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    Even if the Cowboys win, the outcome of the Eagles-Bears game could still affect the Eagles seeding in the playoffs if they beat Dallas in Week 17. The NFC North winner and NFC East winner will be the 3 and 4 seeds, but which is which is still up in the air.

    Granted, Chip Kelly may not really care about this. All three of the potential wild card teams (San Francisco, New Orleans, and Carolina) are good, it’s not like you can angle for a pushover in that group.

  15. omess1980 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:18 PM

    But if the Eagle beat Bears and tie the Cowboys, don’t the Eagle win the division ? I know the likelihood of tie game is not great but still…

  16. arwiv says: Dec 16, 2013 3:20 PM

    Even if the game didn’t matter at all (for seedings etc) I believe that resting your starters is always a stupid move unless they are seriously hurting. These guys need to be as sharp and focused as possible at this point in the season…sitting down and relaxing would be counterproductive.

    and oh yeah, the eagles definitely looked right past the Vikings. That was a horrible loss, especially considering that the boys also lost.

  17. arwiv says: Dec 16, 2013 3:25 PM

    As far as the playoff system is concerned, the team with the better record should always have homefield advantage. 12 win wc teams having to go on the road to face 9 win divisional winners is ridiculous.
    Teams like the niners and chiefs should not be penalized because they play in a division with the 2 vest teams in the NFL and teams like philly and dallas should not be rewarded just because they play in such a pathetic division.

  18. kerryc21realty says: Dec 16, 2013 3:30 PM

    One and done in the playoffs anyway HTTR

  19. richiebburg says: Dec 16, 2013 3:58 PM

    better not rest them.. I plan on taking Shady in all the big money weekly fantasy finale’s this weekend

  20. shatho1 says: Dec 16, 2013 4:14 PM

    omess1980 December 16, 2013, 2:18 PM CST

    But if the Eagle beat Bears and tie the Cowboys, don’t the Eagle win the division ? I know the likelihood of tie game is not great but still…

    no it doesn’t mean the eagles win the division if the eagles and cowboys tie in this game the division would still go to the cowboys since they have already beat the eagles and Dallas would have a better division record after beating the redskins next week

  21. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 16, 2013 4:47 PM

    Resting the starters is a foolish thing for anyone to do.

    Teams win big games by playing with chemistry.
    Taking the foot off the pedal kills momentum.

    if there’s someone injured, or rehabbing, thats one thing. but to sit and entire starting lineup is a fools move.

    ask Peyton and Brees how they feel on that one

  22. thepftpaperchase says: Dec 16, 2013 5:21 PM

    If Philly ends up as the 3rd seed, instead of the 4th seed, they would avoid having to play the Seahawks in Seattle until the NFC Championship game. Of course, that assumes they win a home playoff game against the 6th seed (Carolina, New Orleans or SF), and a road win against the 2nd seed (Carolina or New Orleans). I would hardly call that “meaningless”.

  23. wjarvis says: Dec 16, 2013 5:52 PM

    You could technically make the same argument for the Bears. It involves three games instead of one, but all will be completed before the Eagles and Bears kickoff. If the Lions lose tonight and next week, plus the packers beat the steelers, then the winner of the Packer-Bears game in week 17 will win the NFCN.

    Even if the game doesn’t have any impact for either team making the playoffs, I don’t see either team resting healthy starters while the game is still competitive. The game would still have an impact of playoff seeding in this scenario as many people have brought up.

  24. larrydavid7000 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:34 PM

    hey dip s&%$ you have to win Sunday nights game as well. what an IDIOT and MORON.!!!!!! Typical college coach that dose not get it and it’s week 16.

  25. junkfooddaddy says: Dec 16, 2013 7:07 PM

    The #3 seed vs the the #4 seed would be still be on the line.

  26. yetimonster says: Dec 16, 2013 7:08 PM

    shatho1 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 4:14 PM

    no it doesn’t mean the eagles win the division if the eagles and cowboys tie in this game the division would still go to the cowboys since they have already beat the eagles and Dallas would have a better division record after beating the redskins next week

    ————————–

    Wrong. If Eagles win against Bears and tie the Cowgirls, and the Skins beat Dallas, the Eagles would be 9-6-1 and the Cowgirls would be 8-7-1.

  27. yetimonster says: Dec 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    shatho1 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 4:14 PM

    no it doesn’t mean the eagles win the division if the eagles and cowboys tie in this game the division would still go to the cowboys since they have already beat the eagles and Dallas would have a better division record after beating the redskins next week

    ————————–

    Wrong. If Eagles win against Bears and tie the Cowgirls, and the Skins beat Dallas, the Eagles would be 9-6-1 and the Cowgirls would be 8-7-1.

    *Excuse me, even if Dallas beats Skins, they are 8-7-1.

  28. philadelphiafan says: Dec 16, 2013 9:10 PM

    The league should have flexed the Saints/Panthers game instead of Bears/Eagles.

  29. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 17, 2013 3:45 AM

    This is a huge game for the Eagles even if Dallas wins. Because they can get the #3 seed. Also, if they did rest their starters and somehow that game against came down to OT, and they ended up tied, they would lose the division because both teams would be 8-7-1 and Dallas wins all tiebreakers.

    So no, I highly doubt the Eagles would rest their starters even if the chances of a tie are remote. We do have one tie in the NFL this year, don’t we?

  30. shatho1 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:30 PM

    @yetimonster
    You are right I read that wrong I thought they meant record wise not pointwise. But if the eagles lose to the bears and Dallas beats the skins then both records would be 8-7 and then with a tie game they would be 8-7-1 and the division would go to Dallas that was an honest mistake on my part thanks for correcting it.

  31. yetimonster says: Dec 17, 2013 1:15 PM

    ^^ correct :)

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