With one more win, the Indianapolis Colts can clinch the AFC’s top playoff seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. In terms of playoff positioning, another win would render the final three games meaningless.
That situation for the Colts — as well as the undefeated New Orleans Saints — is a topic of debate. Would the Colts rest key starters — namely QB Peyton Manning — during the final regular games to get healthy for the playoffs, or keep status quo to maintain momentum and take a shot at a perfect 16-0 regular season record?
No matter, says Colts president Bill Polian.
Polian is a believer in resting starting players in such games, and it doesn’t sound like he’s about to change his stance anytime soon.
“I don’t know how you get rusty when you practice four times a week. It’s pretty hard to be rusty in that situation,” Polian told NFL Network. “Secondly, momentum is an overrated situation. We didn’t have a lot of momentum going into the playoffs the year we won the Super Bowl.
“The fact is that at this time of year, you have very many players who are injured, playing hurt, who need rest because they have nagging injuries through which they’ve been fighting. That’s your first and most important consideration.”
Polian said the chance to go 16-0 doesn’t influence the decision, but it might take a loss to find out the real truth and what direction the Colts go.