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  1. Miami Dolphins schedule analysis

    Tim Graham

    Breakdown: The Miami Dolphins were doomed in their bid to be a contender last season because they won only a single home game. They'll have an immediate opportunity to stash those problems in the past with consecutive home dates to begin the seaso...

    Blog | April 19, 2011
  2. Jets answer fraud alert in Pittsburgh

    Tim Graham

    PITTSBURGH -- There's a faint line between counterfeits and contenders. For the past two weeks, the New York Jets appeared to be posers. No team had a better record at the end of November. Then a pair of unsettling defeats and a sideline controver...

    Blog | December 19, 2010
  3. Dierdorf: Jets NFL's most talented offense?

    Tim Graham

    CBS Sports color commentator Dan Dierdorf considers the New York Jets one of the top three strongest Super Bowl contenders at the moment and wonders if they have the best collection of offensive talent in the league. Dierdorf will be at Mile High ...

    Blog | October 14, 2010
  4. Bye week inventory: New England Patriots

    Tim Graham

    A look at the New England Patriots heading into their bye weekend ... Reason for hope: The Patriots went into their break with an emphatic reminder they must be taken seriously as a division contender. They showed their resourcefulness with a garg...

    Blog | October 08, 2010
  5. Rapid Reaction: Patriots 41, Dolphins 14

    Tim Graham

    MIAMI -- The New England Patriots wrecked the Miami Dolphins 41-14 on Monday night in Sun Life Stadium. What it means: Some were calling the Dolphins a legitimate contender after their impressive 2-0 start on the road. The Patriots knocked them ba...

    Blog | October 04, 2010
  6. Rapid Reaction: Jets 28, Patriots 14

    Tim Graham

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets sure looked like a contender with their 28-14 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday at the Meadowlands. What it means: Confidence has to be surging for the Jets with the way they bounced back fr...

    Blog | September 19, 2010
  7. Is Mark Sanchez new Captain Checkdown?

    Tim Graham

    Trent Edwards' offense outplayed Mark Sanchez's on opening weekend. And that's saying something. The Buffalo Bills aren't delusional enough to promote themselves as Super Bowl contenders and had an abysmal offensive performance in Sunday's 15-1...

    Blog | September 14, 2010
  8. Patriots, Jets have serious work to do

    Tim Graham

    "NFL Live" host Trey Wingo asked analysts Darren Woodson and Antonio Pierce which contender from each conference has the most work to do? Woodson and Pierce chose teams from the AFC East. Woodson picked the New England Patriots: "I'm curious t...

    Blog | August 31, 2010
  9. Jets a contender without Darrelle Revis

    Tim Graham

    New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan claimed they can win without cornerback Darrelle Revis. I believe it. Ryan echoed comments nose tackle Kris Jenkins made before training camp began, declaring that if Revis holds out into the season, the Jets w...

    Blog | August 10, 2010
  10. Namath: Jets never have looked this legit

    Tim Graham

    I didn't hear about any guarantees, but iconic quarterback Joe Namath believes the New York Jets have the best team they've ever assembled. "To me, we have the most legitimate contender we've had," Namath said Thursday morning at Jets training cam...

    Blog | August 05, 2010
  11. Are the Jets contenders or pretenders?

    Tim Graham

    The New York Jets are a fashionable pick to reach the Super Bowl this season. They're also commonly dismissed as overrated. ESPN's "First Take" tackled the topic Tuesday. Resident provocateur Skip Bayless was joined by Sports Illustrated writer...

    Blog | July 20, 2010
  12. Rapid Reaction: Patriots 27, Ravens 21

    Tim Graham

    Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Any notions of the New England Patriots toppling from the ranks of contenders should be hushed. In a tremendous game that ended with a fourth-down defensive stand in the red zone, the Patriot...

    Blog | October 04, 2009
  13. Patriots taking advantage of Ravens' kindness

    Tim Graham

    Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Sometimes, the scoreboard can be misleading. Not this time. In a battle of AFC contenders, the New England Patriots have been the better team through the first 30 minutes and lead the Baltimo...

    Blog | October 04, 2009
  14. Patriots trade looks like master stroke for future

    Tim Graham

    Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham The New England Patriots enter 2009 as a Super Bowl contender. That didn't stop Bill Belichick from trading away one of his best players Sunday for an asset that won't bear fruit for two years. And he probably stren...

    Blog | September 06, 2009
  15. Marshall would make Jets legit contender

    Tim Graham

    Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham How much would Brandon Marshall's presence mean for the New York Jets? Adding him would address the Jets' biggest need and, with consistent play from rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, legitimize head coach Rex Rya...

    Blog | September 02, 2009
  16. Where do Sanchez, Clemens rate in QB battles?

    Tim Graham

    Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham What, no Gibran Hamdan? SportsNation has put together one of its fancy click-and-drag ranking dealios for NFL quarterback battles. New York Jets contenders Mark Sanchez and Kellen Clemens obviously are on the ballo...

    Blog | August 04, 2009