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Tom Brady suspended for four games; Bills vs. Patriots Week 2 tilt affected

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Unless Brady wins an appeal and the league reduces his suspension by more than half, it's looking like the Bills will host Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots in a Week 2 division tilt this fall.

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Rex Ryan might have to wait an additional two months before he takes his first crack at beating Tom Brady as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

That's because Brady, at the epicenter of the New England Patriots' ball-deflating misconduct centered around last year's AFC championship game (a saga that you have undoubtedly been following), has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL."

The Bills host the defending champion Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 2, on September 20. Brady will undoubtedly appeal the suspension, but even if the four-game sentence is cut in half upon successful appeal, it'd still preclude him from playing in Orchard Park this season. The odds that the Bills will face a Patriots team led by Jimmy Garoppolo in a little over four months just skyrocketed.

New England's punishment does not end at Brady's suspension, either. The franchise has been fined $1 million and docked two draft picks, as well: their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and their fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

You can read Patriots' fans reactions to the Brady suspension over at our sister site, Pats Pulpit, if you so desire. If not, a question: do you believe that the NFL's punishment fits the offense?