AFC East: Walker's AFC East picks

Walker's AFC East picks finale

December, 29, 2012
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We are concluding another fantastic and stellar year of Walker's AFC East picks. With three division teams sitting home after this week, the AFC East blog decided to make this the final round of predictions.

Here are our final picks to wrap up the 2012 season:

New York Jets (6-9) at Buffalo Bills (5-10), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is 6-1 all-time against the Bills. I have a feeling that trend will stick in what might be Bills head coach Chan Gailey's last game.

Pick: Jets, 17-14

Miami Dolphins (7-8) at New England Patriots (11-4), Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Patriots appear ready to play this one out regardless of what happens in the 1 p.m. games. That’s bad news for Miami.

Pick: Patriots, 31-17

Last week: 2-1

Overall: 39-11

Comment: Going for 40 or more wins before calling it a year.

Walker's AFC East picks

December, 22, 2012
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The AFC East blog is wrapping up a stellar season of division picks. We went 3-1 last week to improve our record to 37-10 overall.

Let's take a look at the Week 16 selections:

New England Patriots (10-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: This might be the easiest pick I've made all season. The Patriots are angry after losing last week, and the Jaguars may be the worst team in the league. Easy blowout.

Pick: Patriots, 35-10

San Diego Chargers (5-9) at New York Jets (6-8)

Skinny: This is a tricky one. The Chargers have enough talent to surprise teams on occasion, but you don’t know which team will show up. The Jets are offensively inept, but I’m going with New York quarterback Greg McElroy getting his second win of the season in a low-scoring game.

Pick: Jets, 16-14

Buffalo Bills (5-9) at Miami Dolphins (6-8), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Dolphins are banged up. But I cannot pick the Bills after what I saw from them last week.

Pick: Dolphins, 23-20

Last week: 3-1

Overall: 37-10

Comment: Don't hate. Congratulate.

Walker's AFC East picks

December, 15, 2012
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The AFC East blog had a banner Week 14 by going 4-0. That brings our total record up to a stellar 34-9 predicting division games this season.

We aim to finish strong. Let’s get to another round of AFC East picks for Week 15:

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) at Miami Dolphins (5-8), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Jaguars might be the worst team in the NFL. The Dolphins are still playing hard and that will be enough this week. Quarterback Chad Henne doesn't make a triumphant return to Miami.

Pick: Dolphins, 23-14

Seattle Seahawks (8-5) vs. Buffalo Bills (5-8) in Toronto, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET

Skinny: C.J. Spiller will be forced to get carries this week, which is a good thing and could keep Buffalo in the game. But Seattle is just too physical on both sides of the football.

Pick: Seahawks, 21-17

San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) at New England Patriots (10-3), Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Patriots complete their toughest two-game stretch of the season against a physical 49ers team. New England is coming off a short week, but also is clicking on all cylinders. San Francisco's long road trip and New England’s home-field advantage plays a factor in this one.

Pick: Patriots, 28-20

New York Jets (6-7) at Tennessee Titans (4-9), Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET

Skinny: Don't be fooled by the Titans' record, because they are a little better than you think. The Jets have won the past two weeks with smoke and mirrors. Their playoff chances end this week.

Pick: Titans, 17-14

Last week: 4-0

Overall: 34-9

Walker's AFC East picks

December, 8, 2012
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The AFC East blog kicked off December last week with a stellar 3-0 start. That brings our total record this season on division predictions to an impressive 30-9.

Let’s keep it rolling with four more picks for Week 14.

New York Jets (5-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: Jacksonville's defense is 28th against the pass and 31st against the run. This game is tailor-made for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to have a bounce-back game.

Pick: Jets, 20-17

St. Louis Rams (5-6-1) at Buffalo Bills (5-7), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: I like this matchup of two teams currently playing their best football. However, the injury to Buffalo center Eric Wood could screw up continuity on offense. St. Louis' defensive line also is a strength. This is my upset special of the week.

Pick: Rams, 17-14

Miami Dolphins (5-7) at San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1), Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET

Skinny: The 49ers are 3-0 this year coming off losses or ties. Miami, as usual, plays competitive but doesn’t have enough offensive firepower to win on the road.

Pick: 49ers, 23-14

Houston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3), Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET

Skinny: This should be one of the best games of the regular season. New England is getting healthy at the right time and scores just enough points to hold off Houston at home.

Pick: Patriots, 27-24

Last week: 3-0

Overall: 30-9

Comment: Who says I don't predict upsets (wink, wink)?

Walker's AFC East picks

November, 29, 2012
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We are entering the final weeks of another successful year predicting AFC East games. Our record is 27-9 entering Week 13, and we intend to finish strong in December.

Let’s get to the picks.

New England Patriots (8-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-6), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: Miami’s pass defense and thin secondary should be exploited by New England, which is scoring points at an amazing clip. The Patriots clinch yet another AFC East title in Miami this weekend.

Pick: New England, 31-17

Arizona Cardinals (4-7) at New York Jets (4-7), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Cardinals have lost an NFL-high seven straight games. If New York can’t beat this struggling squad at home, the Jets are even worse than I thought.

Picks: Jets, 21-14

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Bills will see a familiar face in former Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne. He’s had success against Buffalo in the past, but not this week with the Jaguars.

Pick: Bills, 24-20

Last week: 2-1

Overall: 27-9

Comment: Stellar all the way through.

Walker's AFC East picks

November, 15, 2012
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We're baaaaaack!

After another solid week -- we only missed the Dolphins -- the AFC East blog returns for another round of stellar predictions. We are 23-7 overall picking division games.

Week 11 starts early with a Thursday night game. So let's get to it.

Miami Dolphins (4-5) at Buffalo Bills (3-6), Thursday at 8 p.m.

Skinny: Neither team is going anywhere. But this game will determine who still wants to compete the rest of the year. The Bills are playing better football right now and should be able to hold on at home.

Pick: Bills, 24-21

New York Jets (3-6) at St. Louis Rams (3-5-1), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: Do the Jets realize they have a game this weekend against the Rams? Hard to tell with how much they're focusing on backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

Pick: Rams, 17-10

Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at New England Patriots (6-3), Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Skinny: This game has shootout written all over it. Andrew Luck and Tom Brady are two of the hottest quarterbacks in the league and should put on a show.

Pick: Patriots, 35-28

Last week: 2-1

Overall: 23-7

Comment: Still balling!

Walker's AFC East picks

November, 10, 2012
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The AFC East blog is back for another round of picks.

We have a stellar (wink, wink) record of 21-6 at the midpoint of the season. This week starts the second half of the season, and we are looking to continue our hot streak.

Here are our the AFC East predictions for Week 10:

Buffalo Bills (3-5) at New England Patriots (5-3)

Skinny: This is one of the easiest picks of the season. The Patriots are healthy after the bye and coming off two weeks of preparation. The Bills are down two cornerbacks and haven’t won in New England in 11 years. The Patriots are a safe pick.

Pick: Patriots, 30-14

Tennessee Titans (3-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-4)

Skinny: This smells like a trap game for Miami, which is coming off a tough loss, faces a struggling opponent and has a Thursday game against Buffalo just five days later. This will be a test of Miami’s maturity, but the Dolphins still prevail at home.

Pick: Dolphins, 20-10

New York Jets (3-5) at Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

Skinny: The good news is New York had two weeks to prepare for the Seahawks. The bad news is the Patriots and Packers couldn’t win in Seattle. I don’t see how a struggling team like the Jets can.

Pick: Seahawks, 23-14

Last week: 1-1

Overall: 21-6

Comment: Pretty easy week. I’m expecting a 3-0 sweep.

Walker's AFC East picks

November, 3, 2012
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The AFC East blog had a perfect 2-0 week with convincing victories by the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. We continue our stellar (wink, wink) pace this season with an impressive 20-5 record picking division games.

We expect to continue our streak this weekend. Let’s begin.

Buffalo Bills (3-4) at Houston Texans (6-1), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: This is an awful matchup for Buffalo. There are not many areas where the Bills are better than the Texans. Both teams are coming off the bye, so there is no advantage there. The Bills simply don't have the horses to win this game on the road.

Pick: Texans, 28-13

Miami Dolphins (4-3) at Indianapolis Colts (4-3), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: This is an interesting game of up-and-coming teams. Miami is doing a lot of things right and needs to continue that momentum. The Dolphins already have two wins on the road this year (Jets, Bengals) because they can run and stop the run. I see more of the same on Sunday.

Pick: Dolphins, 20-16

Last week: 2-0

Overall: 20-5

Comment: I'm killing the first half of the season.

Walker's AFC East picks

October, 27, 2012
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We split two games in Week 7 after the New England Patriots prevailed over the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills laid an egg to the lowly Tennessee Titans at home.

The AFC East blog is still doing stellar (wink, wink) picking games this season.

Let’s get to the picks.

New England Patriots (4-3) vs. St. Louis Rams (3-4) in London, Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: St. Louis’ pass rush is a concern. But other than that, the Patriots match up well against the Rams in nearly every area.

Pick: Patriots, 28-16

Miami Dolphins (3-3) at New York Jets (3-4), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: This is a tough game to pick. The Dolphins are rested and healthy but the Jets are at home. However, Rex Ryan has never swept the Dolphins as head coach. We are going to stick with that trend.

Pick: Dolphins, 20-17

Last week: 1-1

Overall: 18-5

Comment: No comment.

Walker's AFC East picks

October, 19, 2012
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I had a less-than-stellar Week 6, posting my first .500 week of the season. So I’m going to switch it up and post picks a little earlier this week in an effort to keep my quality overall record (17-4) going.

With the Miami Dolphins on a bye, we only have two games this week. Let’s get to it.

Tennessee Titans (2-4) at Buffalo Bills (3-3), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: On paper, Tennessee is a shaky opponent. But the Titans just beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and had 10 days to prepare for this game. Bills earn a tougher-than-expected win at home.

Pick: Bills, 20-17

New York Jets (3-3) at New England Patriots (3-3), Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

Skinny: Anything can happen in a rivalry game. The Jets will come into Gillette Stadium and play hard, but they just don't have the horses to keep up with the Patriots.

Pick: Patriots, 28-14

Last week: 2-2

Overall: 17-4

Comment: Still stellar.

Walker's AFC East picks

October, 13, 2012
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The AFC East blog still has it going making picks. I'm back to stellar this week with an overall record of 15-2 predicting division games.

We have a tricky slate of AFC East games. Let's get right to it.

St. Louis Rams (3-2) at Miami Dolphins (2-3), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Dolphins are coming off a big road win and need to protect the home turf. The Rams had 10 days to prepare, but the Dolphins grind out this one before the bye week.

Pick: Dolphins, 17-14

Indianapolis Colts (2-2) at New York Jets (2-3), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: This is a must-win game if the Jets are to keep their season afloat. It’s rare that a team loses three home games in a row.

Pick: Jets, 16-13

Buffalo Bills (2-3) at Arizona Cardinals (4-1), Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Bills match up well against Arizona in several areas, particularly with the Cardinals’ offensive line struggling and injuries at tailback. But I don’t feel comfortable picking the Bills right now with the way they are playing.

Pick: Cardinals, 23-17

New England Patriots (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2), Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Patriots are playing extremely fast, which they will need to do in this tough road game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be the difference against Seattle rookie Russell Wilson.

Pick: Patriots, 30-21

Walker's AFC East picks

October, 6, 2012
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My season record continues to surge. I am an astounding (better than stellar) 12-1 picking AFC East games this year. I'm still a little upset at New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski for messing up my perfect record.

But here are the AFC East blog's picks for Week 5

Miami Dolphins (1-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Bengals' strength is big plays in the passing game, and that happens to be Miami's weakness on defense. The Dolphins lose another close one to fall to 1-4, this time in regulation.

Pick: Bengals, 21-17

Buffalo Bills (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-1), Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET

Skinny: Bills coach Chan Gailey challenged his team's toughness this week. But I don't think the Bills are tough enough to go out west and beat the 49ers at home. The 49ers are a bad matchup.

Pick: 49ers, 24-14

Denver Broncos (2-2) at New England Patriots (2-2), Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET

Skinny: This should be a fun game to watch. The Patriots' offense is hot after scoring 52 points last week. New England already lost once at home. I don't see the Patriots dropping two in a row at Gillette Stadium.

Pick: Patriots, 30-23

Houston Texans (4-0) at New York Jets (2-2), Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET

Skinny: Houston is one of the top teams in the NFL, and the Jets are a train wreck. This is a bad time for the Jets to play on national television.

Picks: Texans, 27-10

Last week: 3-0

Overall: 12-1

Comment: Another miserable week ahead for the AFC East. Brace for it.

Walker's AFC East picks

September, 29, 2012
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I am a stellar 9-1 picking AFC East games through the first three weeks. There is an interesting slate of the games in the division. So let's get to it.

Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (3-0), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: Some are pointing to this game as an upset, but I don’t see it. The Dolphins are coming off a very emotional, overtime loss. I don’t see them bouncing back this week.

Pick: Cardinals, 20-10

New England Patriots (1-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-1), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Bills may be without C.J. Spiller, and Fred Jackson is not 100 percent. The Patriots need a win and remember last year’s loss in Buffalo. New England will not be an upset victim in this one.

Pick: Patriots, 24-17

San Francisco 49ers (2-1) at New York Jets (2-1)

Skinny: The Jets play their first game without Darrelle Revis against a good San Francisco squad. The Jets' run defense has been surprisingly bad, and that will hurt them in this game.

Pick: 49ers, 20-17

Last week: 3-0

Overall: 9-1

Comment: One Stephen Gostkowski kick short of perfection.

Walker's AFC East predictions

September, 22, 2012
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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

Overall: 6-1

Comment: I must keep the hot streak going.

Walker's AFC East predictions

September, 15, 2012
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The AFC East blog got off to a stellar, 3-0 start in Week 1. We look to continue to stay undefeated with a tricky slate of Week 2 matchups.

Here are our picks:

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: This is the easiest pick of the week. The Cardinals already have issues at quarterback and will start inconsistent backup Kevin Kolb. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has never lost a home opener (10-0) at Gillette Stadium and that streak will continue on Sunday.

Pick: Patriots, 30-14

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1), Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: Both teams desperately need a win to avoid falling to 0-2. This is a revenge game for the Chiefs. Kansas City was embarrassed by the Bills, 41-7, last year in Week 1. This will be a much tougher matchup. The Bills’ defense improves enough this week and feeds off the home crowd.

Pick: Bills, 24-21

Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Miami Dolphins (0-1) Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

Skinny: This is one of the more winnable games on Miami’s schedule. Oakland is not a good team and going cross country is tough, especially coming off a “Monday Night Football” game. If Miami’s offense can reduce turnovers and jump on the Raiders early, the Dolphins can get rookie head coach Joe Philbin his first win.

Pick: Dolphins, 17-14

New York Jets (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1), Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET

Skinny: The Jets looked better than advertised last week. But this will be a truer test of where they currently stand. The Steelers are a tough, veteran team that is very tough to beat at home. The Jets lead the NFL in scoring, but not this week.

Pick: Steelers, 21-17

Last week's record: 3-0

Overall record: 3-0

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