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Will The Steelers Face a Brady-Less Patriots Opening Night?

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For the Steelers, it could be a dream come true.

Opening night, in Foxboro against the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots – the Steelers defense lines up and face a Pats team missing one key part.

Their biggest part.

Tom Brady.

Yeah it’s a dream to most, but it’s a dream that is a lot more possible after Wednesday’s Wells Report was released stating that the Patriots violated league rules and that Brady, a four-time Super Bowl winner, was “at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities.”

Sounds like the QB should have to sit the bench. Shouldn’t it?

Patriots coach Bill Belichick vehemently denied knowledge of deflated footballs in January. The league mandates each ball fall within an inflation tolerance between 12½ and 13½ pounds per square inch.

So what will Roger Goodell and his league of merry men do about Brady and the Patriots when it (once again) comes to their cheating ways?

Pro Football Talk says that it’s almost unavoidable for Brady to avoid a suspension, meaning that when the Steelers take the field, they would be facing Pats backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo instead of Brady.

In a league that routinely suspends players for smoking marijuana and/or engaging in off-duty behavior that has no direct impact on the integrity of the playing of the game of football, how can the NFL not suspend Brady for his general awareness of the deflation scheme and for deliberately refusing to provide information that may have made his involvement even more obvious?

Garoppolo mind you has played in just six games in his career, and has thrown just 27 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown.

Forget the fact that minus Brady the Steelers would have a HUGE advantage in that opener against the Patriots. This is more about the league doing the right thing – and it just so happens the right thing benefits the Steelers.

If Brady is on the field playing opening night – it shows once again that the NFL Commissioner plays favorites – and that can’t be tolerated.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. Pingback: Will The Steelers Face a Brady-Less Patriots Opening Night? | Sports Feedr

  2. DaveB.

    May 8, 2015 at 5:11 am

    The NFL constantly talks about protecting the shield . If thats true then Tom Brady has to be suspended . There can be no other finding . No other person on the field benefited more from the deflated balls than Brady and now we know that yes he was involved and was even sending text messages to the guy that was deflating the balls . A guy that Brady himself said , he didnt even know his last name . He knew him well enough that they were texting each other . With that being said , Brady not only knew what was going on , but then lied and tried his best to cover it up . If the league doesnt sit him down for a minimum of three games then the league is a total sham . I dont care if hes Tom Brady and hes won four Super Bowls . He cheated and lied about it and now its time to pay the price . He has no one to blame but himself .

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