2009 AFC South Regular Season Predictions

Rob HugheyContributor IMay 6, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 18, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The 2008 AFC South featured a power struggle at the top between perennial winners the Indianapolis Colts and the upstart Tennessee Titans. Some regard this is as the top division in the AFC. 2008 saw the Jacksonville Jaguars take a step back and the Houston Texans take a competitive step forward.

The defending champion Titans made little moves this off-season. Their biggest move might be the huge loss in DT Albert Haynesworth. They did manage to get Kerry Collins some help by bringing in WR Nate Washington from Pittsburgh. The Titans also grabbed WR Kenny Britt out of Rutgers.

The Jags beefed up a depleted offensive line by drafting highly touted tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton. They finally said good by to WR Matt Jones and Jerry Porter. The Move cleared up roster space to sign aging veteran Torry Holt from the Rams. The Jags also locked up RB Maurice Jones-Drew to a long term deal

The Colts also said good-bye to perennial all-pro Marvin Harrison. Indy did manage to hang on to center Jeff Saturday, who flirted with becoming a free agent. Second round pick Fili Moala and late round selection Terrance Taylor should provide some good depth to an inconsistent defensive line.

This is a make or break year for Head Coach Gary Kubiak. He shored up the quarterback position by making Matt Schaub the starter. Sage Rosenfels was dealt to Minnesota for draft picks. Houston added more young stars on defensive by drafting LBs Brian Cushing and Connor Barwin with their first two picks.

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts 11-5

Houston Texans 9-7

Tennessee Titans 7-9

Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10