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How will the 2009 NFL season play out? Here are 44 bold predictions

Originally Published: September 4, 2009
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

Super Bowl XLIV deserves XLIV predictions for the 2009 season.

1. AFC East (order of finish)

New England Patriots -- Even without Tom Brady, whose 2008 season lasted exactly 11 pass attempts before his left knee ligaments were torn apart like licorice sticks, the Patriots won double-digit games. Problem is, the Pats lost the playoff tiebreaker and became the first 11-5 team in 23 years not to reach the postseason. (Denver did it in 1985 and then reached the Super Bowl in '86. ...

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