Last season the AFC South produced the rep from the AFC for the Super Bowl, and heading into training camps the Colts again appear on a lot of lists to be the favorite to go back to the dance and this time to try to get the job done. Three other teams will try to reach the top of the AFC South, and here is the preview for the AFC South:
Indianapolis (11-5) – It was a bitter Super Bowl setback for Indy, but Peyton Manning is determined to run his team right back to the Super Bowl, and he is tough to bet against. Jim Caldwell did a great job in his first season, and did the right amount of button pushing to get his team to Miami. Reggie Wayne wants a new deal, which could be a distraction.
The defense is good, and a very underrated bunch. Look for this team to once again make a run though the AFC South, and for them to go well into January and maybe once again into February.
Houston (9-7) – The Texans are looking to get to the playoffs for the first time, and this year they will truely contend for a playoff birth. Matt Schaub is as good as they get in the NFL at QB, and they have the best wide out in the game in Andre Johnson. The run game is a big question mark, which is why they went out to get Ben Tate in the draft.
The start of the season for the Texans is key, as slow starts have killed this team in the past, and they are hoping 2010 will show them start fast and challenge the Colts in the division. Look for them to be the 2nd best team in the AFC, and by December they will be mentioned as a dangerous team as they make their first ever postseason trip.
Tennessee (7-9) – Last season this team got off to an awful start at 0-6, but then they made a move they should have made 2-3 weeks before they reached 0-6, giving the ball to Vince Young once and for all. Chris Johnson is a game-breaker, and getting him happy with a restructured deal was a smart move.
The defense is young, and will need to come together to make any noise in the conference. The secondary is better than the front four, but teams will try their best to run on the young D-line. Look for the Titans to have a tough season under Jeff Fisher.
Jacksonville (5-11) – How Jack Del Rio keeps his job is beyond me. He is on thin ice, and this teams non-playoff year with a fan base that clearly does not care is going to be the end for him as the top man in JVille. David Garrard had a tough season, and Maurice Jones-Drew is very good, but he will be keyed on all season.
The defense got Aaron Kampman, but his injury history is a key issue, and he could be wasted dollars if he does not play well and dominate on that D-Line. The rest of the team and their units are average to below average, and they don’t have the firepower to hang with the better teams in the conference.