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Doug Farrar

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Fins Face Rough Waters

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Last year, the Miami Dolphins put together one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in NFL history. With their 11-5 record and AFC East championship, Bill Parcells' newest team completely eradicated the memory of the 1-15 debacle in 2007.

Their reward for this achievement is a 2009 schedule that has some real killers in the first month. The Fins begin their season on the road at Atlanta, a team that enjoyed their own amazing turnaround in 2008. Then, they welcome Peyton Manning and the Colts for the home opener. Then, a cross-country trip to San Diego to face the Chargers, and a return to Dolphin Stadium to face the Bills, and their TO-enhanced cadre of receivers.

Here's the problem with that schedule. In 2008, the Dolphins had a vulnerable secondary, allowing 7.01 yards per attempt, which was 19th in the NFL. To face four teams with outstanding quarterbacks and/or passing games as they do will be a real test for their back seven. We'll see how the Dolphins address their secondary in the draft.

Honorable mention: In their first four weeks, the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers face the Eagles and Redskins at home, and the Cowboys and Falcons on the road. The Dallas game is the first Monday Night game for the Cowboys' new stadium, and the Panthers will be treated by the broadcast crew as anonymous interlopers, at best.

By Doug Farrar  |  April 15, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang , Miami Dolphins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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