A lot was riding on Week 17 for the Cleveland Browns. Knocking off the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football was the first, easiest and best way for the team to secure a playoff spot. There were other clinching scenarios involving other teams losing but the Browns made sure those were unnecessary with their win.
The Browns currently have routes to the first, second or fifth seeds in the AFC playoff picture but need the Baltimore Ravens to lose in Week 17 to climb higher than fifth. A Week 18 victory for Cleveland would also be the first 12-win season in over 30 years as well.
Earlier Sunday, the DBN staff debated whether the Browns should rest their players in Week 18 if the Ravens did close out the top seed this week. If Baltimore does, Cleveland is locked in as the fifth seed.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Browns have made a plan for next week that agrees with most, not all, of the DBN staff’s opinions:
The Insiders on @NFLGameDay: The #Commanders are trending toward a coaching change, but no decisions made; #Rams WR Puka Nacua (hip) is expected to play; The #Browns will look to rest starters next week if there is nothing to play for looking toward the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/gt3uqYwdrf— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2023
A lot riding on the Ravens game versus the Miami Dolphins today. We will be watching.
Do you think that resting players if the game won’t affect seeding is the best decision?