Tom Brady has led his Patriots to 13 wins in 15 contests this season, but many are wondering if the signal-caller should take a breather in the final game of the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the AFC already clinched.
The Patriots have a first-round bye in the playoffs, meaning that a day off against the Dolphins would give Brady a full two-week rest. The NFL’s 2010 MVP front-runner has been battling the flu recently and has been hampered with a minor foot injury for the majority of the year.
As seen last season, devastating injuries can happen no matter what’s at stake. Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL against the Texans in a meaningless Week 17 contest in Houston and was out for the Patriots’ first-round loss to the Ravens at home.
With a perfect 8-0 home record on the line this weekend and a 41-14 win over Miami in Week 4, the Patriots should be able to handle the Dolphins with ease — but how much should Brady play?