Ron Jaworski: Dolphins will win AFC East

September, 5, 2013
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For Miami Dolphins fans who complain that their team isn't getting enough respect, look no further than ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski. He is among the few national analysts who predict the Dolphins will overtake the New England Patriots this year and win the AFC East division.

Jaworski recently posted his season prediction on ESPN.com, which is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Miami hasn’t won the AFC East since 2008, which is the year Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was lost for the season with a knee injury.

“Sooner or later, someone will overtake the Patriots, and I saw a much-improved team last season under coach Joe Philbin,” Jaworski explains. “Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has done a great job bringing along Ryan Tannehill, and now Mike Wallace gives him a big, downfield weapon. If Dion Jordan evolves as expected, he and Cameron Wake will be nightmares for QBs.”

Nearly every move Miami made this offseason had something to do with closing the gap with New England. However, the gap was so wide to begin with -- a five-game difference in 2012 -- most feel the Dolphins aren't quite there yet. For the record, I picked Miami to finish second in the AFC East this year behind New England.

But anything can happen in the NFL, and this is why they play the games. The Dolphins have a lot of talent on paper and need to come together quickly.

Miami has a brutal first five games against the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. We will find out quickly if the Dolphins are contenders or pretenders.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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