Can The Titans Win the AFC South? Maybe if Everything Goes their Way

Stephen KasperCorrespondent IMay 5, 2010

SEATTLE - JANUARY 03:  Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans stands under center during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 3, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the draft over and the first OTA’s underway, most team rosters are set and ready to get to their summer camps.


Sure, there are still a few free agents out there. There are also questions concerning who will start, and there are still a few questions about hold outs here and there. But for the most part, there won’t be any more major changes to each team.


So, what does that mean?


That means we can begin making our first legitimate predictions for the 2010 NFL season.


The AFC South is one of the most difficult divisions in the NFL.


This year the AFC South teams will have to play against the tough teams of the NFC East and AFC West.


Why does that matter?


Because to win the division, the Tennessee Titans will not only have to be better than their fellow AFC South rivals, but also several other potential playoff teams as well.


The good news for the Tennessee Titans is the majority of their divisional games will be in the second half of the season, and they won’t even meet a divisional team until week six when they travel to Jacksonville.


The bad news?


The majority of their divisional games will be in the second half of the season, and they won’t even meet a divisional team until week six when they travel to Jacksonville.


No doubt the pressure will be on in the second half of the season, but they do at least get the first five weeks of the season to get their team clicking.


The Titans had a solid draft, especially defensively.


Derrick Morgan and Myron Rolle will be huge additions to the weak 2009 Titans defense.


They signed a perfect LenDale White replacement in undrafted free agents in LaGarrette Blount.


And their special teams needs were even answered when they drafted USC WR/Return man Damian Williams.


So, the Titans are set right?


Well, I wouldn’t say “set,” but definitely better than last year.


The only problem is, the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and even the Jacksonville Jaguars are also better.


The Texans are definitely a team on the rise in the NFL.


Tennessee split their two meetings last season, but to win both meetings will be more difficult this time.


The Texans have a rising star linebacker in Brian Cushing. Owen Daniels will be coming back from injury. The kicker problem was solved in signing Neil Rackers. And not to mention they really didn’t take any big losses this offseason.


Chris Johnson has come to love playing Houston, and Vince Young seems to usually know how to take on his home city. But will it be enough this year?


The Indianapolis Colts are the AFC Champions for a reason. Peyton Manning is playing his best football ever, and they too only improved from last season.


Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez will be coming back from injury to go with 2009 break out receivers Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. Not to mention Bob Sanders will finally be coming into a season at 100%.


Tennessee has lost four of their last six against the Colts, and this season promises to be just as difficult not only for Tennessee, but any team playing Indianapolis.


Then there is Jacksonville.


Honestly, besides Maurice Jones-Drew they don’t have much to brag about.


Still, they proved they can beat Tennessee by splitting their meetings last year.


Then there is the rest of the season the Titans have to worry about.


Dallas, San Diego, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh.


Tennessee has definitely made some upgrades and filled the gap just about everywhere they needed help.


But will it be enough to make the playoffs?


You tell me.


As of right now, I see Tennessee fighting for second place in the division with the Texans.


At the same time, I see the Texans fighting for first place with the Colts.


All three teams might even make the playoffs.


But for Tennessee to win the division, they need the NFC East and AFC West to shut the Colts and Texans down.