By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer
METAIRIE, La. -- Common sense says the New Orleans Saints should rest as many starters as possible in Week 17.
Their history agrees.
Although coach Sean Payton wouldn't reveal his intentions after the Saints (13-2) secured the NFC's No. 1 seed with a 31-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, his track record suggests he'll play it safe.
That means we should see Teddy Bridgewater make his debut as the Saints' starting quarterback on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers before he hits the free-agent market in March.
In 2009, Payton rested starters in Week 17 when the Saints had the No. 1 seed locked up -- even though they had lost two straight games in Weeks 15-16 and could have used a momentum boost. They showed no rust in their playoff opener (a 45-14 win) and wound up winning the Super Bowl. ...
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