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2009 AFC East Regular Season Predictions

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with the aid of the Patriots staff after being injured on a play during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)
Rob HugheyContributor IMay 6, 2009

The dust has barely settled from a fantastic 2008 season, but it's never to early to start throwing out predictions. So I figured I would toss around some of my own. Lets start in the AFC East. The East Plays the AFC South and the NFC South in the leagues rotating schedule. 

In the East the consensus favorite is The New England Patriots who return two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. The Pats made some splashes in free agency by signing the ageless Fred Taylor along with journeymen receiver Joey Galloway.

The biggest move in the division might have been made by the Buffalo Bills, who signed controversial wide- receiver Terrell Owens. They also drafted play-makers on the defensive side of the ball in DE Aaron Maybin from Penn St. and CB Jarius Byrd from Oregon.

The New York Jets, and new Head Coach Rex Ryan, produced some fireworks of their own trading up to the 5th spot in the draft to take QB Mark Sanchez from USC. They used a day two draft pick on Big Ten sensation RB Shonn Greene from Iowa.

Also coming over from Baltimore, along with Ryan, are highly touted free agent LB Bart Scott and S Jim Leonard. The reigning champion Miami Dolphins might have had the quietest of any East Team.

They didn't make any big moves in free agency, but they did get better through the draft. The Fins addressed a weak secondary by taking CB Vontae Davis from Illinois in Round 1, and CB Sean Smith from Utah in Round Three. They're best pick may be QB Pat White from West Virginia who was brought in to run the "Wildcat" offense. 

AFC East:

New England 11-5

Miami 9-7

N.Y. Jets 6-10

Buffalo 4-12

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