There's some interesting debate going on whether our starters should play in week 17 against the Raiders. Some believe that we should sit our starters and have them get healthy against the first round opponents. Others believe that regardless whether we're in the playoffs we need to annihilate the Raiders (who are playing for their jobs). So what does history tell us about Haley's past benching? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Arizona_Cardinals_season#Week_17:_vs._Green_Bay_Packers
2009 -Week 17: vs. Green Bay Packers
Quarter: 1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 14 12 7 0 33
Cardinals 0 0 0 7 7
at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
With the Vikings win earlier in the day, this game was rendered unimportant. The Cardinals pulled Kurt Warner along with other starters early in the 2nd quarter while the Packers continued to play their starters until the 4th quarter. Late in the 4th quarter, quarterback Brian St. Pierre threw his first career touchdown pass.
Here's a quote from Haley earlier:
"When you're in that mode and all of a sudden Cincinnati wins to help you get to your primary goal you have to think through things and try to do the right thing anyway."
Also, The Cards hosted GB the following week for the first round and beat them 51-45
So here's the poll folks:
How long do the starters play in week 17?
Most/whole game until we're leading a boatload of points/win (88 votes)
If history is an indication...only a few drives (24 votes)
Not at all (0 votes)
112 total votes