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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Walker's AFC East picks

By James Walker

We had our first down week in a while with a bevy of upsets in Week 15. The AFC East blog went 1-2 after nailing only the New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos.

But we have a new slate of games coming up on Christmas Eve. We plan to get back on track, so here are our selections:

Miami Dolphins (5-9) at New England Patriots (11-3), Saturday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: New England just has too much firepower and too much to play for to lose this game. The Patriots move one step closer to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Walker's Pick: Patriots, 30-17

Denver Broncos (8-6) at Buffalo Bills (5-9), Saturday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: Tim Tebow and the Broncos have the NFL's top running team, and the Bills can't stop the run. Buffalo loses its eighth game in a row.

Walker's pick: Broncos, 21-17

New York Giants (7-7) at New York Jets (8-6), Saturday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: This has the feel of an ugly, defensive battle. But I think the Jets get a late field goal to improve their chances of making the postseason.

Walker's pick: Jets, 16-14

Last week: 1-2

Overall: 12-5