2010 NFL Predictions: AFC South

AFC South Predictions

Can Andre Johnson and the Texans offense lead the way to an AFC South title?

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.


6 Responses to “2010 NFL Predictions: AFC South”

  1. eamon says:

    What? The Jaguars added Aaron Kampman, a very good DE and Kirk Morrison, a fantastic veteran MLB. Terrance Knighton will have a breakout season at the DT position. Rashean Mathis is a all-pro CB and Derek Cox is a promising second-year corner. If they can get decent play out of their safteys, then the Jags will have a decent defense.

    MJD is a top 3 running back in the NFL, David Garrard is an above average QB, and Mike Sims-Walker is a young star at the WR position. Now add in a young, talented offensive line and you have a possible 10-6, wild card team!

    No one gives Jacksonville any credit. They went 7-9 last year. Much better than 3-13. They only added. Not subtracted. They were also very young last year, (which explains the inconsistent and poor play on the road) so why would they get worse?

  2. j carter says:

    Finally, someone outside of Houston givin’ us some love!

  3. Jared says:

    NEPD…you know I love ya… but 12 wins for the TEXANS!! Dis they trade Schaub for Manning?? I think 9-7 IS giving Houston love, what has Houston ever done?? To me, they’re a team with some talented players, but no motor. Matt Schaub is not a Super Bowl contending QB, put an explosive RB on the Texans…(like rookie Dexter McCluster, or Darren Sproles, whowas a free-agent)-and they might get some more love. like Cushing,Ryans,and Williams on defense, but their secondary is among THE worst in the NFL. I think they’re a couple of playmakers(on both sides of the ball) away from beeing a real contender with the all-might Colts, but for now, the y’re the same ole…cant get over the hump…Houston Juggeraut Football Texans.

    I hate the Colts, more than any team in sports. I dont like how they do busines(wine), I always hated Tony Dungy and his smug innocent self. And Bill Polian to me is as close to the Yankees boss as it gets in the NFL. But I hate them mostly because they’re really good, and they always get better. Like the Patriots, year after year, they make preseason roster holes, disappear. I think Brady and Manning have a lot to do with that, but beeing able to cover the “cracks” year after year is a credit to the franchise.

    The Jaguars are a joke, i feel bad for MJD wasting his career they’re.
    The Titans are slightly less of a joke, and in a couple years, i’l probably feel bad for Chris Johnson too.

    Colts. 12-4
    Texans. 10-6
    Titans. 5-11
    Jaguars. 3-13


    • NEPD says:

      I hear you on the Texans, but they always play the Colts tough and have a decent schedule otherwise.

  4. Patriots Draft Guru says:

    Colts – 12-4
    Texans – 9-7
    Titans – 9-7
    Jags – 6-10

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