New England Patriots fans were thrilled Thursday to learn that Tom Brady’s four-game suspension had been nullified in federal court.
You know who wasn’t particularly enthused by the news? Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys — the Patriots’ first four regular-season opponents. Brady now is eligible to play in all four of those games, and, as John Breech pointed out over at CBSSports.com, that is very bad news for those not pulling for the Pats.
Brady obviously has enjoyed a highly successful career, regardless of opponent, but against those four teams, he has been nearly flawless. The quarterback is 3-0 against the Cowboys, 6-0 against the Jaguars, 7-2 against the Steelers and a sublime 23-3 against the AFC East rival Bills.
Tally all of that up, and Brady is 39-5 against the first four opponents he’ll see this season. That’s … pretty darn good.
New England will open things up next Thursday at home against Pittsburgh — a team that has not won at Gillette Stadium since 2002.
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