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Sorry Eric Decker, Tom Brady's suspension doesn't mean the AFC East is 'up for grabs'

Remember, Las Vegas actually gave the Patriots better odds to win the Super Bowl after Brady's suspension was reinstated.

Deal with it
Deal with it
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Jets wide receiver Eric Decker thinks that Tom Brady's four-game suspension to start the 2016 season means that the AFC East is up for grabs. One look at New England's first four games and you might be inclined to agree.

The Patriots open the season on the road against the Arizona Cardinals, a Super Bowl favorite. After that, they're at home for three games against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills. Out of those three, the Texans look like the toughest matchup. The Bills are a much better team than they've been in a while, but they haven't had much success at Foxboro. Buffalo beat the Patriots there in 2014, but it was a Week 17 game. You have to go all the way back to 2000 for the last time Buffalo won there.

A 2-2 record is a reasonable expectation for the first month of the season and not the kind of hole a team can't dig its way out of.

Vegas is dismissing Decker entirely. New England's odds to win Super Bowl LI went from 15/2 to 7/1 AFTER Brady's suspension was reinstated. The next closest in the AFC East are the Jets at 40/1.

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