And now we move to Monday night, where the Pats face off against the Dolphins. Neither of last year's games between these teams was close, as New England won 38-7 in Foxboro and 41-14 in Miami.
The Dolphins didn't make too many big changes in the offseason.
They got rid of former second-overall draft pick Ronnie Brown and replaced him with former second-overall draft pick Reggie Bush. Chad Henne is still their quarterback, and he's probably still mediocre. Their defense is pretty good, but as evidenced by last year's scores, they haven't figured out how to stop the Pats.
The Patriots had an outstanding regular season last year before falling to the Jets in the playoffs, and seem poised to be great once again.
Nothing has been lost on offense, but they've added Chad Ochocinco to their receiving corps and a gaggle of rookie running backs to their already-crowded backfield. We'll see how good their defense is after cutting Pro Bowl safety Brandon Merriweather, but as long as it is an average squad they should be able to win a lot of games with their offense, including this one.
The pick: New England -7