AFC South Predictions
Houston Texans (12-4)
The Colts’ reign of terror is over. The Texans have been harboring such promise over the last few years, which will finally come into port in 2010. Losing Dunta Robinson will hurt initially on defense, but 1st-round cornerback Kareem Jackson will catch on fast. Ben Tate should add another dimension to the Texans offense, balancing out a prolific passing attack. Look for a lot of 35-31 games from the Texans this year.
Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
This team was a couple bobbles and some coaches’ balls from going 19-0 last year. That said, we see some cracks appearing in the Colts’ offensive line. If Peyton Manning doesn’t get protected, even he isn’t immune from poor decisions and injuries. Without Peyton Manning, this is a 6-10 team at best, unless their defense steps up something fierce. Jerry Hughes, and NEPD favorite Pat Angerer will give Indy some added intensity, while Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are always an opposing OC’s nightmare. Look for an up and down year from this very dangerous team.
Tennessee Titans (6-10)
Jeff Fisher is a great coach, but he has some enigmatic performers on his offense. Chris Johnson is a special player, but you never know what you’re going to get from Vince Young, Kenny Britt, and Jared Cook. Damian Williams is a consistent route-runner, but the USC draft pick may lack the explosiveness to thrive in the NFL. The pathetic 2009 defense, rated 28th overall, added Derrick Morgan, Rennie Curran, and Alterraun Verner through the draft, but we’re not sure if they can climb into the top two thirds of NFL defenses in 2010.
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
The Jaguars have had a terrible off-season, on paper anyway. Ranking 24th in both offense and defense, the Jaguars basically stood pat at almost all positions except on the defensive line. They added Tyson Alualu in the most surprising draft reach in at least a decade, and later picked up some good prospects in D’Anthony Smith and NEPD favorite Austen Lane. Unless Maurice Jones-Drew can rush for about 2500 yards, expect a lot of seats covered in tarps during the 2010 season.