Ah yes, Bill Belichick loves messing with other teams by listing the same few, key players as questionable on the injury report throughout the season. The New England Patriots won’t be missing Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez against the Houston Texans, despite both players being listed as questionable with ankle injuries.
Hernandez is well past the effects of his injured (and re-injured) ankle, and he showed it last week with a huge game against the Miami Dolphins. He caught eight passes for 97 yards in a game that saw Visanthe Shiancoe listed as a healthy scratch, which means the Patriots knew that Herny was in for a big day.
Welker also had big numbers against the Dolphins, and he looks poised for another huge game against the Texans. Even though the Texans are strong defensively, they are terrible at covering slot receivers. I remember watching Ryan Broyles tear up the Texans D on Thanksgiving Day, and I feel like Welker is in for an even better game.
It’s safe to say that Welker is going to set the record for five straight seasons with over 100 receptions in huge fashion.
Aaron Hernandez should also have a strong day, even if the Texans do a good job of covering tight ends. Hernandez isn’t just any tight end, and he’s going to get plenty of targets on top of that.
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