Gridiron Gab 2009 AFC South Preview

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Indianapolis Colts

The Colt are one of those teams that have all the talent in the world, they have depth at almost every position. But age is becoming a factor. There window is only open as long as Payton Manning is on the feild. The Colts have the ability and the fire power to beat anyone on any given Sunday. But they have showed in the past they don’t always perform to the level of expectations. They added another solid running back in the draft this year, with the selection of Donald Brown. There offense will not be the issue in 2009. The special teams unit will be the weakness this year, just as it was last season. They give up to many yards on kick offs and punt returns, and that usually gives the opponents the short field.

The Colts could roll into the bye week with a 5-0 record, they have 3 easy wins on the early schedule. The week 3 game at Arizona, and the week 5 game at Tennessee are both even. I cant pick a favorite in those 2 games. Indy should come out of the bye week with 2 more easy wins as they beat upon St Louis, and San Francisco. Then comes the roughest part of the schedule with a New England in week 10, at Baltimore in week 11, bookend that with a hone and home with Houston in week 9 and 13. I look for them to lose one of two against Houston, struggle with Baltimore, and New England has to be favored just slightly. They should be able to finish with a flurry and win the last 5 on their schedule with relative ease, as they finish up with Tennessee, Denver, and New York at home, and trips to Jacksonville, and Buffalo.

Absolute win total = 11

Houston Texans

Houston is another team that I have been waiting for them to explode. They always compete and seem to be just a player or two away from the playoff picture. The Passing game has been there money maker for the last 3-4 season, and that trend should continue. The defense should be much improved this season as there ability to rush the quarterback will be there best defense of the opponents passing game. Mario Williams should make his case for the best rush lineman in the NFL in 2009. He has showed growth and development in each season and that should continue again this season.

I expect them to work into there bye week ( week 10) with a record of at least 6-3. They should struggle and lose week 5 at Arizona. The week 6 game at Cincinnati should be exciting and we should see lots of points, but the game is to close to call. Again they should win at least one of there two games with Indianapolis which are weeks 9 and 12. They close out the season with an easy schedule as they only games of question are the previously mention week 12 match up with Indy and the season finale with New England.

Absolute win total = 10

Tennessee Titans

The Titans where a surprise team last season, and don’t expect that to continue. There schedule is Brutal as the play 8 games against what I predict to be playoff contenders. There offense lacks explosiveness and is shut down with an 8 man box. The defense lost there heart and soul with the departure of Albert Haynesworth. I love The coaching staff, but you cant cook when the cupboard is bare.

This team is playing a schedule that would spell doom for most teams in the NFL. They start the season with a visit to Pittsburgh in what will be a welcome home for the champions.Weeks 2 and 11 is a home and home series with Houston, where I expect them to win 1 of 2. Week 3 is a trip into New York and a probable loss. Weeks 4-8 they go home and home with Jacksonville and should win both.weeks 5-13 they again go home and home with Indy, and those don’t look very promising.

Week 6 is a trip to New England, for a beat down. They have a bye in week 7 and very well could be 1-5, at this point in the season. Coming out of the bye week Tennessee is usually much improved, and should put together a little win streak, The previously mentioned win over Jacksonville, week 9 over the 49ers, and a week 10 victory over Buffalo. Week 12 against Arizona should smash the win streak and put and end to playoff chances. They finish the season with the loss to Indy witch I mention earlier, week 14 brings a win in the form of St Louis. Weeks 15-16 look like a pair of losses to Miami and San Diego. They should close out the season with a win over Seattle.

Absolute win total = 6

Jacksonville Jaguars

This team is an underachiever year in and year out. well in 2009 there offense will be questionable once again. The Jags can run the ball vs anyone, but they lack explosiveness in the air. They addressed this issue with the addition of Torry Holt, but one receiver is not a franchise changer. This team needs so much more. I’m not sure this team has an idea of what they want to do when they have possession of the ball. On the defensive side of the ball this team is abused in the air, and that spells doom. Opponents score quickly and the Jags slowly move the ball down the field and settle for field goals.

The Jaguars should win 6-7 games this season, but when I look at their schedule I cant predict which games they will win. They are just two inconsistent. I see 2 games on their schedule that are wins. Week 6 vs St Louis, and week 17 at Cleveland. This team should be able to win a few more than 2 games, but don’t expect the Jags to even sniff the playoffs.

Absolute win total = 2

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