Mass. Billboard Counts Down to Ray Lewis' Retirement Party & Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IJanuary 17, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:   Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots argues with  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It did not take very long for the Baltimore Ravens to start the smack talk leading up to the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.

Although the Patriots have not fired back in the media, New Englanders picked a very interesting way to respond.

Here's the countdown to Ray Lewis' retirement party at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. No more games after loss to Pats.…

— CCO_Boston (@MassBillboards) January 16, 2013

Old-fashioned billboard meets new-age technology with a countdown to "Ray Lewis' retirement party," which is "scheduled" for Sunday evening.

Lewis announced he would be retiring at the end of the Ravens' season, but he has not gone gentle into that goodnight

This game could go either way, so while the Patriots are certainly hoping to end the Ravens' season, and thus Lewis' career, Baltimore would love to take Lewis' retirement shindig to party central in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. 

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


New England Patriots

Chris Brown of Grantland takes an in-depth look at the terminology of the Erhardt-Perkins offense, the system the Patriots run.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston delivers his weekly P.A.T. with an interview with Jerod Mayo and a preview of the AFC Championship Game.

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders points out that the Patriots' 41-point shellacking of the Texans' defense graded out as one of the best offensive performances in DVOA.


New York Jets

Bleacher Report featured columnist Jesse Reed lists the pros and cons for each of the remaining candidates for the Jets' vacant GM position.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York points out a potential landing spot for Tim Tebow.

Chase Stuart of delivers part two of his outlook for the 2013 Jets, looking at the offense.


Buffalo Bills

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News explains why the Manti Te'o story will resonate at One Bills Drive.

According to Chris Brown of, Donald Jones' medical condition that ended his 2012 season does not threaten his 2013 season in any way.


Miami Dolphins

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald thinks the Steelers are likely to let wide receiver Mike Wallace test the free-agent market, allowing the Dolphins to make a push for the speedy receiver if they want.

Andy Kent of posted an interview with Mike Sherman, where he gets a closer look at the Dolphins' offensive coordinator's background.

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.