Most of the talk this week was about how the Bengals and Patriots would both fold the tents, and allow the Jets and Texans to have an easy game this week. According to Tom Brady, that just is not going to happen.
In a report from profootballtalk.com, Tom Brady was asked by his Dad is he would be playing the game, Tom did not know. Not wanting to let his Dad down, Brady asked Coach Belichick, and actually got an answer.
"You'll play, don't worry about that," Belichick told Brady. "You'll be playing."
Now, I know that some of us would be a little skeptical about a statement like that, I mean, look at how the Colts sent an engraved invitation to the Jets for the playoffs. But not the Patriots.
"Close game, blowout, we get behind, I'm expecting to play the whole game," Brady said. "I wouldn't see why we wouldn't."
This comes as great news to the teams that are fighting for those final playoff spots in the AFC. Steelers, Broncos, and Ravens fans are all breathing a sigh of relief.
The number three seed in the AFC Playoff race has not yet been decided, as the Bengals and Patriots are both 10-5, and if either loses, while the other team wins, they will have the three seed.
Some people, LaMarr Woodley included has speculated the both the Patriots and Bengals would rest their starters to try and keep the Steelers from the post season. Maybe Belichick wanted to prove that the Patriots are more manly than the Colts.
Or maybe they just don't like to lose.
Either way, if the Patriots can take care of the Texans, then the path to the playoffs for the Steelers just got a little easier.
Is Cincinnati planning to take out the Jets?
When the Indianapolis Colts decided that their starters getting a months rest was more important than an undefeated season, the Jets were handed control of their own destiny in the playoffs.
Yes, they have the option to sit who they like, when they like, but every time they do this, they end up with an early playoff exit.
Is Cincinnati going to be sitting their starters? Maybe not.
For that to happen, Ochocinco is going to have to play the whole game, and is going to have Carson Palmer throwing him the ball.
Maybe Chad was not supposed to say anything, but Ochocinco did, and it could mean that the Bengals are actually going to be playing their starters against the Jets.
If the Bengals and Patriots take out the Jets and Texans, respectfully, then with a win at Miami, Pittsburgh will be back in the playoffs to defend their title.
Either way, Sunday just got a LOT more interesting!