The Tampa Bay Buccaneers endured an emotional begin to the brand new 12 months on Sunday afternoon that included broad receiver Antonio Brown primarily quitting the group throughout what turned a 28-24 comeback win on the New York Jets. Tampa Bay enters the primary full week of 2022 because the NFC South champion however cannot catch the Green Bay Packers atop the convention standings and, thus, should not be all that considering downing the Carolina Panthers in Week 18.
However, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians made it clear on Monday that he is not contemplating giving starters a weekend off earlier than the postseason event.
“You play to win. You play to get the second seed, that’s huge. We’re not resting anybody. We’re playing to win,” Arians defined, in accordance with Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
The Bucs fell to the Los Angeles Rams earlier within the season and, thus, have to beat Carolina and now have the Rams lose to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday to climb to the No. 2 spot within the convention standings.
Meanwhile, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur mentioned Monday he is planning to play his starters in Week 18 regardless that Green Bay has already clinched the No. 1 seed.