Sean McDermott drops a hint about Sunday’s plan for Bills starters

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The Bills can nail down the No. 2 seed on Sunday with a win over the Dolphins. The Bills also will be the No. 2 seed if the Steelers, who are resting Ben Roethlisberger and presumably other key starters, lose to the Browns. It appears that the Bills will be banking on the Browns beating the Steelers.

Via Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Thursday morning on WGR radio that it “remains yet to be seen and determined” whether the Bills will use their starters on Sunday. Here’s the hint that McDermott may have dropped: He said that the Bills will do what’s best for “our team and our players.”

It’s best for the players to get a little rest, to avoid a potential injury in an ultimately meaningless game, and to be recharged for the wild-card round — especially if there’s nothing to be gained strategically by playing.

The Bills also could use their starters initially, perhaps pulling them if/when the Browns pull away from Mason Rudolph and company.

That said, Buffalo has manhandled all opponents since losing to the Cardinals, and there’s something to be said for continuing to keep the foot on the gas. The right balance could be to keep pedal to the metal, at least until the No. 2 seed is in hand.

10 responses to “Sean McDermott drops a hint about Sunday’s plan for Bills starters

  1. Don’t rest em. If guys are banged up then ok but if healthy play the starters to keep that mojo working

  2. The only thing to play for is homefield if the play Pittsburgh at some point. How much homefield advantage is there really this year? Not much. Rest who you need to rest.

  3. Before everyone puts a Browns win in the bank, remember that Rudolph was 5-3 as a starter last year.

  4. It’s not exactly “meaningless.” A win would nail down the #2 seed and guarantee at least 2 home games during the playoffs (assuming they win the first one). Also, they just announced there will be fans at the games so that brings back a little bit of home field advantage.

  5. He’ll play the fully fit ones for the first quarter or so. Miami will be playing very hard to win. He will leave anyone not 100% on the bench. Imagine Diggs or Allen getting hurt. You will be kicking yourself.

  6. morbio115 says:
    December 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm
    Miami wins with or with out starters in.

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    Haven’t watched football much over the last three weeks?

  7. These two teams just might meet in the playoffs again. Dolphins have to be the most underrated team in 2020? Anyone predict them with more than 4 or 5 wins with a no name roster. I don’t think we have come close to see the best of either the bills or dolphins yet in the next few years to come

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