On Monday Bill Belichick said, in response to the question who will play this week, “we will do what we think is best for the team”. If Belichick would answer questions more specifically, his answer would have been “Are you kidding with that question?”
Belichick’s response would have been in the form of a question because the answer seems to be so easy. After 15 games and a couple of pre-season games, if Belichick can give some of his key players rest with no real negative connotations, it is a no brainer. (Yes, Last sunday night on OT I did think that Brady might play a half, but I must have been listening to Belichick a little too long that day and mesmerized into believing him because since then I have come to my senses).
Brady has been fighting some minor ailments and since Sundays game means virtually nothing (a #3 seed or a #4 seed, does it really matter?, only in hindsight to the 2nd guessers who will say “well if Belcihcik would have played that Houston game to win then he would have played this other team and the Patriots would have won the Super Bowl ” blah, blah, blah). So do not cancel your Sunday plans unless you really want to watch Brian Hoyer throw passes to Julian Endelman because that’s exactly what you’re going to see, along with about 16 carries by Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis. This is going to look like the 4th pre-season game, you know that game when you are reminded you have been taken to the cleaners by the Krafts who include this worthless game that no marquee player plays as part of their season ticket package.
This is all very good news for the Houston Texans who are fighting for a playoff spot and will be playing against most of the Patriots 2nd stringers and NOT Tom Brady who watches this one from sideline along side Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Lawrence Maroney (then again, the coach just might extend his punishment on Maroney for fumbling last week and play him a little).
Now Brady might play a quarter, but doubtful. Just hope that at the end of Sunday that the Patriots end up with a 1st round playoff opponent from cities other than Baltimore or Pittsburgh.