Tom Brady's absence in the first four weeks of the 2016 NFL season will obviously cause quite a stir in the football world, specifically for the 5 teams it impacts directly.
It goes without saying that the Patriots will be affected the most by this suspension, but what does his absence mean to the opponents who no longer need to face him?
Cardinals Probowl DT Calais Campbell did not hold back his excitement in hearing this news, telling CBS Sports "Tiki and Tierney" that he is "licking his chops" at the opportunity to face third year QB Jimmy Garopollo.
That wasn't all, as the official twitter account of the Buffalo Bills chimes in as well, also expressing their elation:
While as Patriot fans it's not something we love to see, who can blame them? If you told me I didn't have to face a 4 time Superbowl champion, 2 time league MVP and quite possibly the best quarterback not only in the league but maybe ever, I'd see that as a good thing as well.
The ultimate goal for every team on Sunday is to win; plain and simple. So by not having to face one the leagues best quarterbacks, winning certainly comes easier, which of course will trigger excitement.
"I can't wait to play (the Patriots)," Dareus explained. "I hate that Brady's not going to be there. But when he comes back ... "If we win, all right, we win. But I don't feel like I really won until I beat the guy. I love playing against Brady. I get up for him. I play against him every year, and he knows I'm coming. So for him not to be up there tears me up a little bit. But the second time I see him, I'm going to be excited to play against him."
This is all good and well for Dareus to say, but I'm not too sure how much I believe him. I'm sure as a professional, you absolutely cherish being able to share the field with a legend like Brady, however if Dareus could make the decision whether Brady could play or not, I wonder if he would feel the same way.
I'm sure the 4 teams who no longer need to face Tom are very relieved, as they should be, but they should also be quite cautious. Looking at the defense Matt Patricia has built over the last few years along with healthy weapons in Amendola, Edelman, Lewis, Blount, Grownkowski and Bennett, and of course Mr. Belichick, don't expect to roll over this team just because there's another guy under center.