The Gab’s Final Divisional Predictions: AFC South

Last season the Tennessee Titans won the AFC South with a punishing running game and a powerful defense. The Colts were not far behind in Tony Dungy’s last season as head coach, and the Texans and Jags brought up the rear. It should be another interesting year to say the least in the AFC South, with a new head man in Indy, and the loss of Albert Haynesworth in Tennessee.

Tennessee Titans (12-4) – Some feel that the Titans are due to take a step back with Albert Haynesworth gone, but the bottom line is they still have a great 1-2 punch at RB with Chris Johnson and LenDale White, and add in Kerry Collins who is back, and there is no denying this team is still very good. The defense will miss Haynesworth, but remember, they beat up the Steelers in week 16 without him last year.

Indianapolis Colts (10-6) – A new coach in Jim Caldwell is ready to take the Colts to the next level, but they will be hard pressed to repeat the 12-4 mark from a year ago. Peyton Manning is one of the top 3 QB’s in football, and Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez will be fine at WR. The issues could be in the running game, as Joseph Addai and Donald Brown will have to complement the run game. As for the defense, they need to get and keep Bob Sanders healthy for more than half the season.

Houston Texans (8-8) – The Texans are ready to take a leap in 2009, but the problem is they are in a tough division and Matt Schaub’s on-going health issues keep coming into play. Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson are two of the best weapons on any offense, but it will be Schaub, who can’t seem to stay on the field at 100 percent that will in the end lead to another .500 season.

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) – Last season the Jags went from broke with free agents, trying to make moves at the WR spot to make a Super Bowl run. Instead, injuries and poor play killed the Jags and the fan base showed it with plenty of good seats remaining in Jacksonville by seasons end. Again, tough division with some suspect talent equals a tough season for the cats.

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