[QUOTE=RageATL;3428699]IMO, you EARN respect, respect is not just handed out. That being said, WTF are we gonna do when the Colts pull their starters, not play? Ridiculous. The way I see it, the only way for us to earn some level of respect is to win a playoff game and that is entirely possible with these 2 games vs. the Bengals. We need to be opportunistic and take advantage of the situation that has been presented us during what is shaping up to be a 9-7 campaign.[/QUOTE]
I agree. Look, I'm not tooting our horn after beating the Colts' second team but I'm not apologetic either. The Colts [B]CHOSE[/B] to rest their stars and it seems like the only way the win would've been legitimate is if we took out our stars also.
So what would all the football experts and analysts prefer - the #1 playoff seed resting its stars (something that's done all the time) or two squads with backups on the field (essentially a pre-season game) in December?
But if we do get in, we have a good chance of beating whomever we face, especially the Bengals. Would that shut the critics up?