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Tom Brady suspension nullified; Bills vs. Patriots Week 2 game affected

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So much for the Bills having it easier against the Patriots in Week 2: Tom Brady's suspension was thrown out in court, and he'll almost certainly be under center in Orchard Park on September 20.

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It turns out that the Buffalo Bills will be tasked with beating Tom Brady, not Jimmy Garoppolo, in their Week 2 matchup with the New England Patriots. That's because Brady won his court case against the NFL on Thursday, with a judge ruling to nullify the league's four-game suspension stemming from a deflated football scandal.

The NFL will, naturally, appeal that ruling, but as that appeal process will likely take far longer than the 17 days between now and that Bills-Patriots tilt in Orchard Park, it is now exceedingly likely that Rex Ryan's first crack at Brady with the Bills will occur on September 20.

Buffalo last beat a Brady-led Patriots team in Week 3 of the 2011 season. They played a Garoppolo-led Pats outfit in a meaningless Week 17 road game last season, winning that matchup 17-9.