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Better start -- Chiefs or Dolphins?
For the Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 was a bizarre disaster (six Pro Bowlers, two wins). For the Miami Dolphins, it was an intermittently successful rebuilding year (7-9 with a rookie coach and QB). For both, 2013 has been quite a bit better. With a 17-16 home decision over the Dallas Cowboys, the now-Andy Reid-led Chiefs matched their win total from a season ago. With a 24-20 victory over Andrew Luck's Indianapolis Colts, the Ryan Tannehill/Joe Philbin Fins also moved to 2-0 -- and matched their road win total (two) from last campaign. It's early -- very early -- but things are looking up for these long-scuffling franchises.
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AFC East Preview -- 2013
Another year, another New England Patriots romp through the AFC East? Perhaps ... or perhaps things will change, after Bill Belichick, Tom Brady & Co. lost top receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, saw Rob Gronkowski struggle through injury, and all involved dealt with the fallout from the shocking Aaron Hernandez situation. Most likely to challenge? Perhaps those Miami Dolphins, who made a big splash in free agency as they aim to emerge from their recent malaise. Speaking of malaise, how about them Jets?
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The Dolphins moved quickly when the NFL's 2013 free agency period opened, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Mike Wallace on a five-year, $65 million contract. Wallace has caught at least 60 passes in each of the last three seasons for the Steelers, topping the 1,000-yard mark in 2010 and 2011. He joins Brian Hartline and Davone Bess to make up a solid group of receivers in Miami. But is he worth the money?