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BLOG: Why Arians will play starters Sunday

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Posted at 6:54 PM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 21:04:08-05

Mississippi State faced North Carolina State on Wednesday in the Belk Bowl.  

The weather was horrible. It rained almost the entire game, the field was an absolute mess, and it affected the quality of the game. 

Since only about five people reading this right now knew the game was being played, you might not think you care about it, but you most certainly should, especially if you are an Arizona Cardinals fan. 

Here's why: the game was in Charlotte, North Carolina in the same stadium and on the same field that the Cardinals might have to earn a trip to Super Bowl 50 on.  

Here's my opinion on why Bruce Arians is going to play all of his starters, and go all-out to beat Seattle on Sunday. 

My guess is he "thinks" Tampa Bay can beat the Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday, and he "knows" his team is better than the Seahawks. The Cards already proved that in Seattle.  

The only, and I repeat, only reason to treat Sunday's game against the Seahawks like any other game is because the Cards could still get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.  

They win the tie-breaker with the Panthers if they both finish 14-2 because the Cards have a better NFC record.  

I bet Arians has studied the Panthers on film and feels they are vulnerable against the Bucs, and wants to make sure if Carolina loses, his team is there to grab the top spot.

In my opinion, that is the only reason to play starters Sunday because outside of avoiding that cow pasture in Charlotte and the bad weather that could be waiting for them in January, the outcome with Seattle is completely meaningless.