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NFL News and Analysis with Andrew Perloff

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  • 12:55 AM ET  09.24

It's early, but you have to get the feeling the '72 Dolphins don't like what they're seeing in New England. Don't fear, Nick Buoniconti. No one will go undefeated in 2007. Here's my breakdown of when the 3-0 teams will drop their first game:


Green Bay - Week 4: Brett Favre will be the first to tell you the Packers are a work in progress.  They have the worst rushing attack in the NFL ... by far. What team uses an empty backfield from the 1-yard line?  Opponents will adjust and take away the underneath passes - starting with an imposing Vikings defense next Sunday. The Pack still wins the NFC North.

Dallas - Week 6: The Cowboys have a great schedule ... until Oct. 14, when the Pats roll into the Big D. After facing the Dolphins, Bears, Rams and Bills, Dallas' defense will be lulled into over-confidence. Randy Moss will run past Roy Williams for three touchdowns.

Pittsburgh - Week 8: Everyone's giving new coach Mike Tomlin too much credit. The difference for the Steelers this season is a healthy Ben Roethlisberger. If you wipe out last year's injury-riddled disaster, Big Ben's winning percentage is ridiculous. Pittsburgh stays unscathed until visiting the fired-up Bengals on Oct. 28.

Indianapolis - Week 9: Have the Colts ever lost before Halloween? They've let teams stay close the last two weeks, but they always turn it on when they need it. Look for them to stay undefeated until their AFC Championship Game rematch (and '07 Championship Game preview) against the Patriots. New England actually covers Dallas Clark this time and gets revenge.

New England - Week 16: The '85 Bears try to warn them. After beating the Colts, Steelers, Ravens and all other opponents, the Patriots fall to the Dolphins 19-17. In a game where both teams know each others' signs better than they know their own kids' birthdays, Miami QB John Beck throws for 37 total yards but Jason Taylor's two defensive touchdowns make the difference. Champagn corks fly in South Florida.

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