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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. 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
  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. It's time to blow up the Bengals

    James Walker

    Seven years ago, a younger, energetic Marvin Lewis arrived in Cincinnati with big dreams. In his first head-coaching gig, Lewis aimed to turn the lowly Bengals into a winning franchise and perennial Super Bowl contender. Lewis had the No. 1 overal...

    Blog | November 07, 2010
  5. 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
  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. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Bengals earn contender status

    James Walker

    Andy Lyons/Getty Images Quarterback Carson Palmer confidently led the Bengals to a critical victory over the Steelers. Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker CINCINNATI -- The postgame atmosphere at Paul Brown Stadium was buzzing Sunda...

    Blog | September 27, 2009
  11. 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
  12. Double Coverage: Steelers or Pats as No. 1?

    James Walker

    ESPN.com Illustration Who should be No. 1 heading into the season: the reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers or perennial contenders the New England Patriots? Our bloggers debate. Posted by ...

    Blog | May 27, 2009
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Steelers sign two more

    James Walker

    Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker The Pittsburgh Steelers signed rookie fifth-round pick Dennis Dixon and sixth-rounder Ryan Mundy to three-year contracts Monday. Dixon was a Heisman Trophy contender for the University of Oregon until a late-season k...

    Blog | July 14, 2008