BREAKING: Tom Brady beats NFL in 'Deflategate' court case, judge nullifies league's 4-game suspension.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 3, 2015
With that tweet this morning, news quickly spread that Brady was “free” and that the NFL had indeed screwed this entire saga up from the beginning. But let’s take a look at the effect of this ruling on the Patriots and the betting market.
I updated the projections that were originally posted in my AFC East preview. Here are the latest projections with Brady at the helm for all sixteen games:
The Patriots most likely record is now 11-5 whereas in the previous result it was 10-6. Overall the projected wins increased from 9.69 to 10.35.
New England’s divisional odds also improved:
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The biggest adjustment is that Tom Brady will now be playing in Buffalo in Week 2, the only division game that would have been affected by a 4-game suspension. This substitution has greatly increased the odds of a 7th consecutive division title for New England and Buffalo’s chances has actually fallen below the Jets