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Miami has a legitimate shot to win the AFC East, writes John Clayton. And don't count out Philly in the loaded NFC East.

Updated: September 1, 2006, 1:32 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Perhaps the biggest surprise heading into the 2006 season is the lack of surprises.

From my vantage point, the NFL is entering an interesting era. In many ways, it's a good era. Free agency, which has turned offseasons into year-long headline machines, has made the NFL stronger. Fantasy football has drawn borderline fans closer to the sport and more knowledgeable about the players.

With growth comes change. I call it a maturity. It was clear from the start teams couldn't ...

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