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  1. Can the Patriots make the Super Bowl?

    James Walker

    When you have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, you always have a shot. No contender has this level of elite quarterbacking and elite coaching on the same team. The New England Patriots can get to the Super Bowl because Brady and Belichick have done i...

    Blog | November 15, 2012
  2. Poll Friday: Patriots at Ravens?

    James Walker

    One Super Bowl contender will start the season 1-2 when the New England Patriots travel to face the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams are at .500 after suffering tough losses in Week 2. So who will win this rematch of January's AFC title game? Will ...

    Blog | September 21, 2012
  3. Can Lewis-Palmer-Ochocinco work in 2011?

    James Walker

    Coming off a disappointing 4-12 season, the Cincinnati Bengals have a lot of rebuilding to do in order to be a contender in the AFC North next season. But Cincinnati's first moves of the offseason could be a clue that changes may not be as drastic as...

    Blog | January 05, 2011
  4. Midseason Stock Watch: Steelers

    James Walker

    Power Rankings: Preseason: No. 18. This week: No. 2. 2010 schedule/results Where they stand: The Steelers made it look easy by exceeding preseason expectations and now are a strong Super Bowl contender. The four-game suspension of franchise qu...

    Blog | November 10, 2010
  5. Take your pick: Ravens vs. Patriots

    James Walker

    There are plenty of great NFL games in Week 6. But one I'm really looking forward to is Sunday's battle between the Baltimore Ravens (4-1) and New England Patriots (3-1). It's a matchup of two AFC contenders that don't like each other due to some ...

    Blog | October 13, 2010
  6. Wrap-up: Buccaneers 24, Bengals 21

    James Walker

    Here are some thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals: What it means: The reigning AFC North champions look more like pretenders than contenders. The Bengals are in a funk, losing two in a row and falling to...

    Blog | October 10, 2010
  7. Recapping Ochocinco bashing Baltimore

    James Walker

    Ever since the Baltimore Ravens were picked by many to be a Super Bowl contender, Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl receiver Chad Ochocinco has gone on a verbal barrage against them. On Sunday both teams will settle their differences when the Bengals (0...

    Blog | September 17, 2010
  8. Rapid Reaction: Ravens 10, Jets 9

    James Walker

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Here are thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the New York Jets: What it means: The Ravens picked up a huge road victory against another AFC contender. It's just one game. But considering the hype and trash talk --...

    Blog | September 13, 2010
  9. Morning take: It's game time!

    James Walker

    We can finally put an end to the talking, predicting and projecting. Let's start separating the contenders from the pretenders Sunday as we set up Week 1 in the AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon hopes to present a differe...

    Blog | September 12, 2010
  10. The Ravens aren't playing around

    James Walker

    The Baltimore Ravens believe they are strong Super Bowl contenders in 2010, and they are not leaving anything to chance. In a move few expected, Baltimore signed receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year deal Monday. In one offseason the Ravens h...

    Blog | September 06, 2010
  11. Ochocinco: Ravens 'not better than us'

    James Walker

    CINCINNATI -- Even in June, Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl receiver Chad Ochocinco already is in rare, trash-talking form. The Bengals and Baltimore Ravens have made several key additions that will make both teams playoff contenders and preseason fav...

    Blog | June 16, 2010
  12. Thought of the Day finale

    James Walker

    We looked ahead to the offseason in our latest "Thought of the Day" in the AFC North. The question was which team has the quicker fix: The Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens? Both teams entered this past season as Super Bowl contenders and...

    Blog | January 22, 2010
  13. Wrap-up: Chiefs 27, Steelers 24 (OT)

    James Walker

    In just two weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers went from a serious AFC contender to a team that likely will be fighting week to week to just to get into the postseason. The Steelers suffered their worst loss of the season Sunday to the lowly Kansas Ci...

    Blog | November 22, 2009
  14. Morning take: Mort picks Ravens to win division

    James Walker

    Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC North: ESPN senior NFL reporter Chris Mortensen picks the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North and likes them as a serious Super Bowl contender. Morning...

    Blog | August 17, 2009
  15. Draft risks and rewards

    James Walker

    Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker The NFL draft is where major decisions are made to either build a team into a contender or lead down a path of destruction. The AFC North provides a mix of teams with good track records in the draft (Baltimore Ra...

    Blog | April 22, 2009
  16. Ravens could face Steelers in 2009 opener

    James Walker

    Joe Robbins/Getty Images The two top contenders to win the AFC North division title may face off on a Thursday night to begin next season. Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker This much we know: The P...

    Blog | February 06, 2009