2010 NFL Season: AFC South Preview
It's no secret that the Indianapolis Colts are the favorites to win the AFC South. Who will push them for the division title?
No. 4: Jacksonville Jaguars
In 2009, the Jaguars surprised some people by going 7-9, and staying alive in the AFC playoff race up until the very end.
In 2010, with a similar roster, it's hard to expect anything better than 7-9, if that. It all starts with the play of David Garrard, who has not panned out for this team since being named the starter.
Not only is it Garrard, but the defense of the Jaguars has major question marks.
At least they have Maurice Jones Drew.
No. 3: Tennessee Titans
Any chance Chris Johnson replicates his 2,000 yard season? I wouldn't put it past him to do so.
However, just as it always does, it comes down to the play of the quarterback, which means all eyes are on Vince Young. Since being drafted in 2006 at number three overall, Young has had a rocky career.
In 2009 after taking over for Kerry Collins midway through the season, Young was able to help the Titans overcome a 0-6 start to reach 8-8;
They are in a competitive division with having to play both the Colts, and the Texans twice. Division games will be huge for this team.
The Titans will be exciting thanks to Chris Johnson, but I think they will be inconsistent all year and miss the playoffs.
No. 2: Houston Texans
When will the Texans finally get over the hump and make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history? It's gotta be this year.
In 2009, the Texans had their first winning season ever, going 9-7. That's nice on paper, but where did it take them? It was not enough for a playoff berth.
This is a team that has struggled with consistency, and winning important games, and this year, I think the Texans will finally make the playoffs.
With so many weapons on offense, led by the Matt Schaub - Andre Johnson connection, the Texans offense is among the leagues best. They're defense should be good enough to help fight for the AFC South, in addition to the playoffs.
The Texans need to set the tone early this season, and could start by winning their opener against the Colts in Houston.
No. 1: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have not won less than 12 games since 2002. Talk about consistency. There's one reason for this consistency, and it has to do with number 18, Peyton Manning. As long as you have him on the field, you always have a chance.
A season ago, the Colts came so close to their second super bowl title in four years, and this season, are hoping for nothing less.
One player to watch this season for the Colts is Donald Brown. This will be his second year, and Joseph Addai is in the final year of his contract. Brown will steal some carries from Addai, and possibly steal the show.
I like the Colts to take the AFC South for the seventh time in eight years, and again finish with 12 wins or more.