On Wednesday the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected Tom Brady’s request to reconsider his four-game suspension.
Yes, the news is disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world. All that really matters is that the Patriots make the playoffs, and I guarantee they will do that by winning the AFC East.
That being said, New England could have a rough go to start the season with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarter back. I have complete confidence the Pats can beat Miami and Buffalo with Garoppolo under center, but Arizona and Houston are a different story.
Garoppolo will be thrown into the fire in Week 1 against the Cardinals, who have one of the best defenses in the league.
According to Pro Football Focus, Arizona has the second best secondary in the NFL. The website 247 Sports says the Cardinals have the fourth best defense overall and according to league stats from last year they’re the sixth best team against the run.
Nothing will come easy in the opener, especially for the backup working with a new group of receivers that doesn’t have much experience together.
Week 3 against the Texans could also be a tough one as well. Houston has the eighth-best secondary, third best defense and was 10th against the run last year.
The other two teams, Miami and Buffalo, should be cake walks. The Patriots could beat the Dolphins with me at QB and Garoppolo is certainly good enough to lead them to a win over the Bills.
I’m thinking worst case scenario is New England goes 2-2 over the first four weeks. It’s more likely they will win one of the tough games, making them 3-1 going into Week 5 against Cleveland.
Just think about what the Patriots are going to do to those poor Browns. I’m guessing some records might fall on that day.
New England thrives when faced with adversity. In the past it has galvanized the team and this Deflate Gate crap will be fuel for the fire for Brady and company.
It’s disappointing we’re all going to have to wait an extra month to see Brady play with his new toys, but it’s kind of a relief that all this craziness is finally behind us.