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DeAngelo Williams on Brady’s suspension: “I don’t care”

DeAngelo WilliamsPittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams agrees with most football betting experts in that the Steelers will not be affected by New England Patriots QB Tom Brady’s four-game suspension – and neither will be the Patriots, for that matter. The Pats remain the odds-on favorites of people who bet on NFL to win the AFC East division, the AFC championship, and the Super Bowl 51. The Steelers, on the other hand, are the favorite to win the AFC North Division; second favorite to win the AFC title; and are certainly in the conversation regarding the next NFL champion.

While it’s not inconceivable that the rest of the American Football Conference teams might indirectly benefit from Brady’s absence at the start of the 2016 season – mainly in terms of regular season standings and winning division titles – the Steelers will not necessarily gain anything from the QB’s suspension. Pittsburgh is schedule to host the Patriots in week 7 on October 23rd. By the time that date comes, Brady will have taken over from backup Jimmy Garoppolo and started two games versus the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins – barring any unforeseen events, of course. And that’s just the way the Steelers’ own QB Ben Roethlisberger wants it. “You think Big Ben wants to beat a Brady-less team? That proves nothing to him,” Williams said.

Moreover, Pittsburgh has more important things to worry about within their own division, especially the Cincinnati Bengals. And while a win over the Patriots would certainly improve the Steelers’ football betting odds to reach the playoffs, that occurrence depends more on a variety of other factors besides whether or not Brady plays X number of games. This is all to say that Pittsburgh has its own problems, as does New England. ““I am glad they got problems. I don't care,” Williams said indulging in a bit of schadenfreude. “Everybody has their problems, and I am glad they have theirs.”

The veteran of 10 seasons – most of them spent with the Carolina Panthers, where he set several franchise records – knows what it is like to miss gamed, and for a much more valid reason that Brady. Last year, the 33 year old injured his ankle in the very last game of the regular season, a 28-12 win over the Cleveland Browns. As a result, Williams missed the Steelers’ postseason, which consisted of two games – an 18-16 victory over the aforementioned Bengals, and a 16-23 loss to eventual Super Bowl 50 winners the Denver Broncos. And Pittsburgh football betting fans missed Williams right back, as he was one of the key Steelers players – rushing 907 yards and scoring 11 TDs while subbing for, shall we say, “unavailable at the time” Le’Veon Bell. In addition to the “unpleasantness,” Bell tore an MCL in week 8 of the 2015 season. Both him and Williams have fully recovered from their respective injuries, with the latter aiming once again for that elusive NFL championship – a quest to which he might owe his longevity in a league where the average age for his position is almost a decade younger than he is.