AFC North: ESPNews

Programming note: Blogger's Blitz

November, 3, 2009
11/03/09
7:00
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Tune into ESPNEWS Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. ET for our weekly Blogger's Blitz segment on the AFC North.

We will discuss the latest news in the division on the Baltimore Ravens (4-3), Cincinnati Bengals (5-2), Cleveland Browns (1-7) and Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2).

If you miss the live showing, the AFC North blog will have the video on the site by early Wednesday.

Programming note: Blogger's Blitz

October, 27, 2009
10/27/09
5:00
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

Tune into ESPNEWS Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. ET for our weekly Blogger's Blitz segment on the AFC North.

We will discuss all the hot topics within one of the best divisions in football.

If you miss it, don't worry. We will have the segment posted in the AFC North blog early on Wednesday.

Programming note: Blogger Blitz

September, 22, 2009
9/22/09
5:00
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


We have more great news for football fans: The ESPNEWS Blogger Blitz is back for its second season.

The AFC North portion will air Tuesday at 9:10 p.m. So tune in.

We also will try to get the television segment on the AFC North blog at some point in case you miss it.

Programming note

September, 10, 2009
9/10/09
5:28
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


I have a quick piece of information for our AFC North community before Thursday night's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans.

ESPNEWS will continue its day-long NFL extravaganza, and the AFC North division preview is coming up at 6 p.m. I will contribute to the hour-long segment with news and observations.

So tune in to get more insight on your favorite teams.

Three and out: Ravens

September, 8, 2009
9/08/09
9:00
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


Three quick hits on the Baltimore Ravens:

1. Although it’s just the preseason, the Ravens allowed an average of just 9.75 points in four preseason games. Not only is that a testament to the starters, but it’s also a statement of the depth the Ravens have on defense this year as backups received a lot of playing time in the preseason. Baltimore lost several key people this offseason such as linebacker Bart Scott, safety Jim Leonard and defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who all went to the New York Jets. But the Ravens still look solid defensively and appear ready for their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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2. Starting quarterback Joe Flacco looks like the real deal. He had a great preseason, completing 40 of 61 passes (65.6 percent) for 470 yards and one touchdown in limited playing time. Flacco is looking to avoid the sophomore slump, and it’s so far so good. Even without the team giving him any significant upgrades at receiver, the offense has a good chance to take the next step with Flacco continuing his upward ascension.

3. If you’re looking for a breakout player with the Ravens, look no further than defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. He’s generated a nice buzz in Baltimore for several years. But his name isn’t known nationally on a league-wide scale just yet. Ngata is big enough and strong enough to dominate the point of attack and surprisingly nimble to drop in pass coverage. Many in Baltimore believe Ngata’s fourth season could be a Pro Bowl year.

Monday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS will complete its series of AFC North draft previews with the Cleveland Browns.

We will discuss the prospects and many trade rumors surrounding the team. Cleveland has the No. 5 overall pick and two additional selections in the second round.

The previous draft videos for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals can be found here, here and here, respectively.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

For the third time in three days, I will be doing another NFL draft preview. This time it's for the Cincinnati Bengals on ESPNEWS Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET.

On Monday, we will wrap up coverage of every AFC North team with a look at the Cleveland Browns. So tune in for both segments if you get the chance.

Programming note: Baltimore Ravens

April, 18, 2009
4/18/09
10:30
AM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here is another heads up for AFC North readers: I will be doing another draft preview for the Baltimore Ravens Saturday at 1:10 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS.

This is the second of a four-day series in the AFC North. Sunday I will preview the Cincinnati Bengals, followed by the Cleveland Browns on Monday.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here is a quick heads up to our AFC North readers: I will be doing a video draft preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday at 4:10 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS.

This is the first of a four-day series in the AFC North. Saturday I will preview the Baltimore Ravens, followed by the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday and the Cleveland Browns on Monday.

So tune in.

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