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Staff predictions for the NFL season

Staff predictions for the NFL season

Can anyone in the AFC stop the Patriots from reaching the Super Bowl again?

Jeff Zrebiec: Can they? Sure. The Raiders are loaded. The Steelers have every bit as much offensive firepower that the Patriots do, and their defense should be improved, too. But until a few of these AFC teams prove they can go into Foxborough in January and not play tentative and mistake-filled football, the Patriots will remain the team to beat in the AFC.

Mike Preston: Yes, Pittsburgh can match New England’s firepower on offense, and the Steelers have a young and improved defense. If Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy and coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t...