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  1. Seven things we learned about AFC East

    James Walker

    MIAMI -- Week 13 told us a lot about the AFC East. With the playoff race heating up, we got a much better understanding of the pretenders and contenders. Here are seven things we learned: 1. The Jets are back in it It was a great weekend for...

    Blog | December 04, 2011
  2. Rapid Reaction: Bills 31, Eagles 24

    James Walker

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Here are several thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 31-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. What it means: The Bills solidified their contender status with a big win over the desperate "Dream Team" Eagles (1-4). Buffalo impro...

    Blog | October 09, 2011
  3. Jets and Bills: pretenders or contenders?

    James Walker

    Behind curtain No. 1 is a veteran team with a lost identity. It used to run the ball well and shut down opponents defensively. Now, doing either is uncertain week to week. The team behind curtain No. 1 has lost its swagger. It is on a two-game losing...

    Blog | October 07, 2011
  4. Wrap-up: Bengals 23, Bills 20

    James Walker

    Let's take a look at the Buffalo Bills' 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. What it means: Buffalo's status as a legit AFC contender is back in question. The Bills (3-1) were coming off a huge upset over the New England Patriots in Week 3. But B...

    Blog | October 02, 2011
  5. Bills seeking contender status

    James Walker

    Eric Mangini summed up the AFC East showdown between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots best on SportsCenter this week. "The Bills think that they're good, but they don't really know whether or not that they're good," said the former New Y...

    Blog | September 23, 2011
  6. 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
  7. Bengals too sloppy to be contenders

    James Walker

    ATLANTA -- The Cincinnati Bengals have plenty of talent. They also showed heart and character by not folding after a terrible first half Sunday in their mind-numbing 39-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. But the Bengals lack a major ingredient and it...

    Blog | October 24, 2010
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Rapid Reaction: Ravens 30, Broncos 7

    James Walker

    Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker BALTIMORE -- The Ravens knocked one team from the undefeated ranks Sunday, and in the process they placed themselves back into the mix of AFC contenders. Baltimore recorded its biggest win of the 2009 season in...

    Blog | November 01, 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. Browns banking on big payoff from high-priced additions

    James Walker

    After an aggressive and expensive offseason, the Browns are ready for prime time. Whether they're ready to become serious contenders remains to be seen, writes James Walker.

    Story | Conversation | May 21, 2008