Re: If the two seed is in play, do the Pats go for it????
posted at 12/22/2009 11:38 AM EST
In Response to Re: If the two seed is in play, do the Pats go for it????
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: If the two seed is in play, do the Pats go for it???? : So then you would play Brady, Wilfork and Warren even if they are bang'd (Boston.com won't let me say the actual word? Seriously???) up and could use a week off to get healthy for the playoffs? The Pats don't always play "to win." Remember 2005? Sure, they probably wanted to win, but they played their backups for most of the game, lost to Miami, and then avoided Pittsburgh in the first round and got some guys some rest. Obviously if the 2 seed is a strong possibility, they go for it. But unless they are flexed to the NBC game, the Pats will be playing before the Chargers. If they go all out and play everyone, allowing no one time off to recuperate for the playoffs, and then San Diego wins, the Pats have blown their "bye week" and Brady's ribs, finger, shoulder are still hurting for the playoffs. Best case is that the game is flexed. For that to happen, Houston has to win this week. (Unless the flex schedule is already decided).
Posted by Caesar1177[/QUOTE]
They get to flex the Week 17 game 6 days before the game as opposed to the usual 12 days before the game during other weeks so we might not know until next week. Also, no games can be protected by CBS or Fox during Week 17 so any one of them can be picked.
Looking at the list of games, Philly/Dallas might be a big draw especially if they are playing for the division. But they might not be able to flex Dallas into a National game because I think there is a limit of 5 National games per season and Dallas will have had 5 if you count NFL Network games.
There is also Pittsburgh/Miami and Cincinnati/Jets both of which could have playoff implications for either team, but hopefully both Miami and NJJ will be out of it by then.
Then there is Pats/Houston. Not the biggest draw but if the Pats can get the #2 slot and Houston is fighting for a WC, it would be an interesting game. Of course, the only problem is that no one will know if the Pats are playing for a bye until the Redskins/Chargers game is over, and the #2 spot could be resolved this week anyway.