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  1. Pettine leaving Buffalo benefits Dolphins

    James Walker

    The Buffalo Bills were a 6-10 team in 2013, but two of those wins came via a sweep of the Miami Dolphins. Those ugly losses essentially knocked Miami (8-8) out of playoff contention and resulted in changes within the organization. But the Dolphins...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  2. Poll Friday: Final AFC wild card?

    James Walker

    The AFC is top heavy this season with powerhouse teams like the Denver Broncos (9-1) and Kansas City Chiefs (9-1). However, there are a lot of teams in the mix for that final wild card in the AFC. So which team will claim the coveted final playoff...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  3. Poll: Will Dolphins make the playoffs?

    James Walker

    It's well documented that teams that start 2-0 traditionally have a strong chance to make the playoffs. After a fast start, will the Dolphins be one of those playoff teams this season? The Dolphins haven't played in the postseason since winning...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  4. Can Dolphins survive early schedule?

    James Walker

    The NFL did not take it easy on the up-and-coming Miami Dolphins. Miami, a team some believe could make a playoff push, has a brutal first five games at the top of its schedule. This slate will set the tone for the Dolphins' entire 2013 season. ...

    Blog | April 19, 2013
  5. Miami Dolphins schedule analysis

    James Walker

    Breakdown: The Miami Dolphins loaded up in free agency -- and for good reason. This is a 7-9 team expected to make the jump into playoff contention this season. But in order to do so, the Dolphins must be good enough to survive the eighth-toughest st...

    Blog | April 18, 2013
  6. Seven-step drop: Can Patriots trust Ridley?

    James Walker

    The AFC East went 1-2 on Sunday, and the New York Jets will play the Tennessee Titans on "Monday Night Football." Here are seven notes and observations from Week 15: The New England Patriots must figure out if they can trust starting tailback ...

    Blog | December 17, 2012
  7. AFC East update: Patriots and playoffs

    James Walker

    Here are the latest happenings Thursday evening in the AFC East: One NFL general manager said he would not touch Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Ochocinco. Here are reasons to be pessimistic about the New York Jets. The Buffalo Bills and...

    Blog | July 12, 2012
  8. Recapping last week in the AFC East

    James Walker

    Did you miss me? My buddy, "ESPN.com staff," said you all were solid while I was on vacation. So I won't flood the AFC East blog with two Tim Tebow posts per day this week. But that's always subject to change in seven days (wink, wink). Anyway,...

    Blog | April 16, 2012
  9. Seven-step drop: What's next for Jets?

    James Walker

    Here are seven notes and observations after Week 16 in the AFC East: New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will not be on the hot seat. I already hear grumblings coming from Jets Nation, but it's not going to happen. Ryan is too good a coach. He led the J...

    Blog | December 26, 2011
  10. A look at Miami's 'coulda, woulda' games

    James Walker

    Some of the most prevalent e-mails we get from Miami Dolphins fans is their team should be competiting for a playoff spot if not for botching early games. Miami (4-8) started the year 0-7 but has since gone 4-1 in its past five games. Now, the team c...

    Blog | December 07, 2011
  11. AFC North Homer of the Week

    James Walker

    Various preseason games and traveling to training camps prevented me from putting together a recent mailbag. Therefore, we never posted our latest "Homer of the Week." This week's award goes to a Cleveland Browns fan. Cory Hart from Shelby, Oh...

    Blog | August 24, 2011
  12. AFC North locker-room leaders

    James Walker

    Leadership is a huge part of pro football. The league has so much talent and parity that the teams with the best leaders truly can gain an edge. With that in mind, we take a look at the locker-room leadership for each AFC North team and provide a ...

    Blog | July 22, 2011
  13. Weekend mailbag: Steeler Nation reacts

    James Walker

    I'm still ducking black and gold tomatoes thrown my way after picking the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North this week. There are a lot of questions, so let's check it out. Josh from Shiloh, IL, wants to know what are the chances the Pittsburgh...

    Blog | July 16, 2011
  14. Updating Colt McCoy's contract escalators

    James Walker

    This is a big year for Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Colt McCoy -- not only on the field but with contract bonuses. After starting eight games as a rookie, McCoy already increased his fourth-year salary from $500,000 to $1.15 million in 20...

    Blog | July 15, 2011
  15. Walker's weekend mailbag: Ravens' D elite?

    James Walker

    Let's see what's in our AFC North inbox this week. Brian from California wants to know if the Baltimore Ravens will field a top-10 defense in 2011. James Walker: Every year people say the Ravens are getting too old on defense, and nearly every ...

    Blog | June 11, 2011
  16. Walker's weekend mailbag

    James Walker

    Let's see what in our AFC North inbox this week. Steven Velte from Baltimore writes: JW, why does Joe Flacco get so little respect around the league and Matt Ryan gets much more praise? Walker: Steven, I don't have a clear answer. But I do have...

    Blog | June 04, 2011