Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the upcoming NFL schedule. Unless he doesnt.Deflategate has crept into a third NFL season, and with the federal courts rejection on Wednesday of the New England quarterbacks appeal of his suspension, it certainly appears that Brady will be sidelined into early October.Brady still has the option of taking his case to the Supreme Court -- one legal analyst called that nothing more than a Hail Mary -- and getting the suspension for his role in the use of underinflated footballs in the 2014 AFC title game overturned or stayed. Given how aggressively Brady, the NFL Players Association and all the lawyers involved have pursued the case, trying to get the Supreme Court to hear it could be the next step.Meanwhile, its up to the Patriots to figure out the best approach to opening the season at formidable Arizona before a homestand against Miami, Houston and Buffalo.One thing for sure: super-secretive New England wont be giving out any hints.Among the Patriots biggest dilemmas is how to split reps and game time in the preseason. Normally, Brady would take a huge number of reps, but would play sporadically in the exhibition matches. Jimmy Garoppolo would get the majority of the game snaps.Now? New Englands coaches must get Garoppolo prepared for his most significant pro action. Yet offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels must be careful not to get in the way of Bradys prep.While Brady is among the most accomplished winners in sports, and no one knows his craft better than the four-time Super Bowl champion, this is uncharted territory for him. Staying sharp when you are barred from any interactions with your team for a month is a huge challenge even for Brady.That makes the Patriots August very intriguing. Watch for lots of photos and video of Brady working with backups and rookies whenever that occurs on the practice field. Sort of like Leonardo DiCaprio doing a cartoon.The Patriots also must begin considering their overall quarterback situation. Rookie Jacoby Brissett would be the only backup to the untested Garoppolo, hardly an ideal situation for anything except a rebuilding team. So bringing in a veteran QB for at least the four games Brady will miss makes some sense.Except, of course, how does that quarterback get any practice reps in light of the urgency of preparing Garoppolo and keeping Brady somewhat sharp? He doesnt. So finding someone willing to be nothing more than a camp body would be the Patriots chore.In a way, though, the Patriots are fortunate that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan issued its decision Wednesday. Barring that Hail Mary in DC, the team can move ahead with concrete plans for preparing Garoppolo, who has thrown all of 31 passes in two NFL seasons.Envision a scenario where the deflated footballs issue remained unsettled and Brady received a stay of his suspension while the courts considered its merits. He would play in those first four games and many others until a decision was made.Imagine then that Brady still loses on appeal and is forced to sit out the final four games of the schedule. 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Subscribe today!Minnesota VikingsOverall: 50 Title track: 74 Ownership: 41 Coaching: 12 Players: 35 Fan relations: 60 Affordability: 83 Stadium experience: 24 Bang for the buck: 35 Change from last year: +36A 36-spot jump in these rankings is no small feat, but even more impressive: a 71-spot jump in stadium experience (the Vikings trailed only the Packers in the NFL in votes on a great stadium). And thanks to an 11-5 2015 record and a playoff berth, the Vikes saw a 45-spot increase in bang for the buck. All things considered, the Vikings are on their way up -- in these standings and, perhaps, the NFC North.Whats goodLast year, Mike Zimmer became the first coach in NFL history to lead a team to a division title while playing in a temporary stadium. The Vikings response? Giving Zimmer, originally on contract through 2017, an extension that adds a reported two years to his deal. Vikings fans, too, showed their love: Zimmer jumped 15 spots in these rankings, all the way to 15th overall. Fans have swooned over Zimmers blunt, candid style, and under his leadership the Vikings jumped from 32nd to fifth in points against. The Vikings bowed out of the playoffs after one round last season, and if Zimmer patches together another playoff team after injuries to running back Adrian Peterson, left tackle Matt Kalil and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, he may make believerrs out of the few remaining holdouts.ddddddddddddWhats badNew stadiums are expensive, and as many teams have, the Vikings asked fans to shoulder a large chunk of the cost. Ticket prices remain around the NFL average, at $85, but its one of just two areas in these rankings in which fans placed the Vikings in the bottom half. The team did roll out a personal seat license program to cover $125 million of U.S. Bank Stadiums $1.1 billion cost, but the prices of concessions (though the Vikings still have the NFLs cheapest hot dog, at $3.00) and many of the stadiums better seats have jumped.Whats newFor perhaps the first time in their history (unless you accept the theory that the Metrodome was cutting-edge for a few years in the early 1980s), the Vikings have a state-of-the-art stadium to call their own. Thats no small feat to Minnesota fans, who bumped up the teams Stadium Experience an astonishing 71 spots. U.S. Bank Stadium opened with some logistical hiccups, but offers striking views of downtown Minneapolis and plenty of natural light through the clear roof on the stadiums south side. The stadium also offers the closest seats to the field in the NFL, and some unique high-end seating areas -- like the fantasy sports lounge with couch seating and table service.Next: Atlanta Falcons?| Full rankings ' ' '