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    NEW YORK -- The last time the New England Patriots opened a season without Tom Brady under center, few could have imagined what the young quarterback would become. cheap jerseys from china .It was 2001, when Drew Bledsoe started the first two games before suffering a serious chest injury -- opening the door for a second-year quarterback from Michigan drafted 199th overall. Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory that season, the first of four titles so far that he and coach Bill Belichick have won with New England.Fifteen years and tons of accolades later, Brady will have to sit out the first four games of this season for his role in the Deflategate scandal.Ill be excited to be back when Im back, he said, and Ill be cheering our team on, hoping they can go out and win every game.A lot of that, of course, will be up to how Jimmy Garoppolo performs in Bradys absence.The 2014 second-rounder out of Eastern Illinois will go back to the sideline when Brady returns, but Garoppolo could set the tone for the Patriots in the AFC East. New England has won the division seven straight years, and 12 of the last 13 -- with the only stumble coming in 2008, when Brady tore knee ligaments in the season opener.The best bet for the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills might be to make their move early.Youve got to win your division games, Jets wide receiver Eric Decker said. With Brady being suspended four games, I think it makes the division up for grabs.Both Buffalo and Miami play New England in the first four weeks, but none of the Patriots division rivals is throwing any dirt on its rival just yet.Hes important for those guys, but if youve been watching, you can see theyre still doing some of the same things, Bills safety Corey Graham said. Theyre playing very well. Its a great system to be in. Dont get me wrong, Tom Bradys one of the greatest quarterbacks, but I feel like the backup guy can more than get the job done.While Bradys absence might be the biggest story line, here are other things to know about the AFC East:BRADYS BUNCH: The Patriots offense has a few major question marks beyond the quarterback. Theres uncertainty at running back with projected starter Dion Lewis working his way back from knee surgery, so it might be a committee approach -- as Belichick has often done. Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been sidelined since Aug. 15 with an undisclosed ailment, while wide receivers Julian Edelman (left foot) and Danny Amendola (left knee, bone spurs in ankle) are working their way back from injuries.The offensive line will have a new look with David Andrews taking over at center and rookie Joe Thuney, a third-rounder, likely starting at left guard.MORE FITZ MAGIC?: It took the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick the entire offseason to settle a contract stalemate, but it was a reunion both sides knew was inevitable. Fitzpatrick took over last summer when Geno Smith had his jaw broken by a punch from a teammate and went on to set a franchise record with 31 touchdown passes. Brandon Marshall broke team marks with 109 catches and 1,502 yards receiving while scoring 14 TDs, and Decker had 80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 TDs. The addition of versatile running back Matt Forte should make the offense even more dangerous.The key for the Jets, though, is getting through their rough first half of the schedule. They have six road games in the first nine weeks, and five of their first six opponents made the playoffs last season.GASE ON THE CASE: Adam Gase is the NFLs youngest head coach at 38, but his stock rose immensely during the last few years as an assistant with his work with quarterbacks.Hell have his hands full in Miami, where his QB expertise will be needed to further the development of Ryan Tannehill, who has a big arm and a big contract, but has yet to post a winning record in four seasons. He has thrown for more than 4,000 yards each of the last two seasons, but has been inconsistent.Whether the Dolphins have gotten their offensive line fixed, so that Tannehill isnt under pressure all the time, is another major question.REXS WRECK: It has been a rough summer for Rex Ryans Bills, who might have finally found a bona fide starter in quarterback Tyrod Taylor, but have huge issues on defense.Ryan fully revamped the unit after it underperformed last year, but the Bills two top draft picks are injured. Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson, a first-rounder, had shoulder surgery in May and is expected to miss at least the first month of the season. Buffalos second-rounder, inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, is out for the season with a knee injury.Starting defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will also miss the first four games of the season for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy for a second consecutive year.PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Bills.---AP Sports Writers Kyle Hightower, John Wawrow and Steven Wine contributed.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: cheap nfl jerseys . "It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through," said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium. nfl jerseys china .5 seconds to play in the game, Kevin Love never stopped believing that they would come out of there with a win. . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. MIAMI -- Barry Bonds was very impressed with Jose Fernandezs performance.Bonds, the Marlins hitting coach, was among those in the dugout congratulating Fernandez at the end of his outing, grabbing him with both hands and kissing him repeatedly on both cheeks.I love you! Bonds shouted as Fernandez grinned.Fernandez pitched eight innings and struck out 12 to help the Miami Marlins to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night that took just 2 hours, 11 minutes.That goes way back, its a long story, Fernandez said with a smile about his connection with Bonds. Its impressive. Everybody knows who he is and what he has done in this game. When I was walking in here now he told me, `It was the best that I have seen you pitch. Im impressed. To get that from probably one of the best hitters in the history of the game means the world.Fernandez (16-8) allowed three hits without a walk to outduel Washingtons Tanner Roark (15-9) who pitched seven innings and allowed one run.I thought it was the best game he has thrown all year, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Fernandez. He used his changeup early in the game and that was a weapon for him all day to keep them off-balanced.Roark went at least seven innings while allowing one run or fewer for the 12th time this season in his battle against Fernandez, who improved to 29-2 in his career at home.I know Jose is good here at home so it was me versus him, not me versus the hitters, Roark said.David Phelps pitched the ninth for the Marlins and recorded his fourth save in 10 chances as Miami won its third straight.In the situation were in what you would really like to do is win every game and force whoever were behind to win every game -- to have to win theirselves in, Mattingly said.The Nationals were held to four hits in their fourth consecutive loss.Bryce Harper returned to the starting lineup for Washington after getting the day off on Monday and went 0 for 4.We had a couple times when Bryce hit the ball a ton, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. Thats a good sign when he hits the ball on a line like that. Its tough to stay with him and stuff but hes right there, right around the corner. Hes frustrated, were all frustrated especiallyy when youre not scoring runs. cheap jerseys usa. Stantons 27th home run broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Stanton also homered in Mondays 4-3 win.It was just a good swing, good contact-type ball, Stanton said. It wasnt like a hard drive or anything. Just a good bat path to a ball out over the plate.Stephen Drew smacked a double off the top of the right field fence over Stantons head in the first inning before Fernandez retired the next 21 batters.Wilson Ramos broke through in the top of the eighth with a soft liner to center and Brian Goodwin followed with a single to right.Fernandez struck out Danny Espinosa and got pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy to ground out to get out of the jam and cap his outing.He was good, he was feeling it, Stanton said. He knows how important each and every game is and he wanted to make sure he put it away today.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: Baker denied a report about Harper dealing with a shoulder injury. The story was inaccurate, Baker said. They asked me about the shoulder problem before and I said we gave him four or five days off. I dont even know how long ago that was, six weeks ago or something like that? And to say hes playing shallow because he couldnt throw the ball is totally inaccurate. I dont know where they got that from. I know they got some quotes from me, but I was talking about the past. I wasnt talking about the present. I dont know how it came out because I dont read much, but that was inaccurate reporting. Nobody knows where it came from because hes not on the injury report and we treated that already in the past. ... 2B Murphy (left leg soreness) was held out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game.Marlins: RHP Bryan Morris (lumbar disc herniation) was reinstated from the 60-day DL and was designated for assignment.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.78 ERA) will start Wednesdays series finale with the Marlins. Scherzer is 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last five starts.Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (9-11, 3.96) takes the mound looking for his first win since Aug. 9 against San Francisco. Cheap MLB Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping cheap nfl jerseys Cheap Jerseys USA China Jerseys Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys For Sale Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys ' ' '