New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension reinstated on Monday. The court said the following on their decision to reinstate Brady's suspension:
"We hold that the commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness. Accordingly, we reverse the judgement of the district court and remand with instructions to confirm the award."
This news greatly benefits the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo's first matchup against the Patriots comes in Week 4. No offense to Jimmy Garoppolo, but the odds of the Bills defeating the Patriots are significantly higher with Brady out of the game. Brady has dominated the Bills in his career. According to Pro Football Reference, Brady's QB record against Buffalo is 25-3. In addition to his stellar record against Buffalo, Brady has also completed over 63 percent of his passes against the Bills to the tune of 7,001 yards, 62 passing touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. His dominance against the Bills cannot be understated.
Now, Buffalo will face the heir apparent to Brady in Garoppolo. The quarterback is talented and could certainly help New England defeat Buffalo in Week 4, but he's no Tom Brady.
In addition to Buffalo's head-to-head matchup, the four game suspension helps the rest of the AFC East. New England opens their season against at Arizona, and then return home to play the Dolphins, Texans, and Bills. On paper, none of these games are gimmes with Garoppolo at quarterback and having Brady out for three of New England's eight home games is big for the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills. If New England starts the season slowly without Brady, they could dig themselves into a hole that they cannot come out of as a team.
Although no one should start writing off the Patriots just yet, the AFC East has become much more interesting in 2016 with Brady's suspension reinstatednull