2009 AFC Season Preview: The Tide Turns

Posted: 10th September 2009 by Eric Ball in NFL
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1. New England (11-5)—Brady is back, but more importantly Belichick is still around. He is a coaching genius that has dominated the decade. A lot of the veteran leadership is gone on defense: Mike Vrabel, Teddy Bruschi, and Richard Seymour. This will cost them in the playoffs. Expect some shootouts in Foxboro. Last year 11-5 wasn’t good enough…this year it will be plenty.
2. Miami (8-8)—Chad Pennington and company snuck up on teams last year with the Wildcat formation. Now teams are fully aware of the Dolphins and the surprise factor is gone. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are a formidable duo in the backfield, but I can’t trust Pennington to stay healthy for two straight years. And Joey Porter will come back to ear ...

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