Would you rather have a fully healthy Hernandez, but no Wild Card Week bye, in the playoffs, or a hampered Hernandez in the playoffs with a bye? This is concerning whether it's a good idea for the Patriots to sit him extra time just to make sure he's healthy enough for the playoffs, since the AFC East is almost a gimme, but without him we may not be able to push into a playoff bye.
Give me the bye week and a hampered Hernandez. The Pats are so banged up they could really benefit from that extra week off over Wild Card weekend.
I think the Patriots road to a bye is going to require they beat the Texans and only lose one more game tops. The Broncos will be nipping at their heels, they must hold them off, and Denver’s schedule is pretty easy.