Saturday, September 22, 2012
Walker's AFC East predictions
By James Walker
I am a stellar 6-1 predicting AFC East games in the first two weeks. The only reason I don't have a perfect record is because New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski went wide left last week at the end of regulation.
But we have three tough games to predict this week in the division. Let’s get to it.
Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-2), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Skinny: This is a classic trap game for the Bills playing on the road and with the Patriots looming in two weeks. Bills fans should be nervous about this game. But Buffalo has more playmakers and it should be enough to squeak one out.
Pick: Bills, 20-17
New York Jets (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-1), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Skinny: Expect this to be a physical slugfest. A Rex Ryan defense against a rookie quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) means advantage Jets. Darrelle Revis is returning and says this is a “must-win.” I expect the Jets to play that way.
Pick: Jets, 17-14
New England Patriots (1-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-1), Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET
Skinny: The Patriots rarely play two bad games in a row. But the Ravens are very tough to beat at home and have revenge on their minds. Patriots fall to 1-2 in a well-played game.
Pick: Ravens, 24-21
Last week: 3-1
Comment: I must keep the hot streak going.