Winners, Losers in Brady Injury

San Diego, AFC East teams rejoice; Belicheck, NFL not so much
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2008 11:41 AM CDT
om Brady lies on his back as he is attended to by team personnel after being hit in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sept. 7, 2008, in Foxborough, Mass.    (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – Tom Brady’s season-ending injury sent shockwaves through the NFL —and not everyone was celebrating. Don Banks breaks down the winners and losers in Sport Illustrated:

  • Winner: The Chargers —The Patriots always seem to knock San Diego out of the playoffs.
  • Loser: The NFL —The league loses its face, and reigning MVP.
  • Winners: The Bills, Jets, and Titans —The other AFC East teams now have a dramatically better chance of taking the division, while the Titans’ wildcard hopes improve.

  • Loser: Bill Belichick —“The Genius” was 5-13 before Brady.
  • Winner: Matt Cassel —Gets an offensive machine for his first start since high school.
  • Loser: Colts/Patriots rivalry —With Indy also looking sorry, Week 9 could be a snoozer.
  • Winners: Patriots running backs —Likely to see more carries in post-Brady world.
  • Losers: Patriots receivers —Without Brady, no one is matching last year’s numbers.