The AFC South has been dominated by the Colts the past five seasons, but there is a new kid on the block in the Jacksonville Jaguars making a heavy push to unseat the Colts in 08, and the Titans and Texans are not all that far behind, with the Titans making the playoffs last season. It should be an interesting season in the AFC South, and here are our predicitions for the division.
Indianapolis Colts 11-5: The Colts will push hard to try and make Tony Dungy’s last season as head coach a happy one, but this is a team getting older, and a little injury-prone. From Peyton Manning (who should be fine) to Marvin Harrison to Dwight Freeney, this team seems like a ticking time bomb from being a Super Bowl contender to one that may have too many injuries to overcome. They may be lucky to hold off the Jags another season with the way things seem headed for them.
Jacksonville Jaguars 11-5: Yes, we’re calling for a tie in this division, with the Jags catching the Colts, but losing the tie-breaker. J-Ville has a solid 1-2 punch with Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew at the RB spot, and QB David Garrard is looking to get more from his WR core. The defensive line is tough but can be had, and the secondary has been known to give up plays. The Jags are a good team, maybe just not good enough in a division that will be very competitive.
Tennessee Titans 8-8: The Titans have some questions even with making the playoffs a season ago as the 6th seed. They have to decide long-term about the RB spot and LenDale White, and also have to be a bit concerned about how poorly Vince Young played a season ago. They failed to address the playmaker spot at the WR position, but think that Chris Johnson is going to be very good at the RB/WR spot for them. The defense lost some players, and they still don’t know if Albert Haynesworth will return in 2009. For sure some questions here.
Houston Texans 7-9: Last season the Texans had some injury issues with Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, and after a 2-0 start managed to make it back to .500 at the end of the year. This year won’t be so easy, as they have a tougher schedule, and they are going to need someone in the running game to finally take over and carry the ball. Look for Mario Williams to continue to lead the defense and be up for Defensive Player of the Year when it’s all said and done.