Saturday, September 3, 2011

AFC South Preview

Houston Texans, 1st Place

Offense: QB Matt Schaub, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, TE Owen Daniels, RT Eric Winston

Defense: LB/DE Mario Williams, LB Brian Cushing, NT Shaun Cody, DE J.J. Watt (R), CB Jonathan Joseph, FS Daniel Manning

The 3rd ranked offense from a year ago remains in-tact and even more cohesive. Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub are becoming a pair for the ages and Arian Foster has emerged as a top-3 NFL rusher. Their offense shouldn't have any problems so long as their O-Line holds up. Defensively, they added a few pieces to help them contain the Colts. Jon Joseph is a premiere cornerback and Watt and Williams could combine for 20 sacks. Again though, this team has a terrific 1st team on both sides, but depth is very much an issue. I also would like to see the explosive Jacoby Jones overtake the #2 WR spot from Kevin Walter.
Record: 11-5


Indianapolis Colts, 2nd Place

Offense: QB Peyton Manning*, RB Joseph Addai, WR Reggie Wayne, WR Austin Collie, TE Dallas Clark, C Jeff Saturday

Defense: DE Robert Mathis, DE Dwight Freeney, DT Tommie Harris, FS Antoine Bethea, LB Gary Brackett

The Colts are a team heading in the opposite direction as the Texans right now. They're getting older and breaking down a bit. Manning could miss up to 2-3 games, and probably won't be 100% for quite sometime. I've never been a big fan of their running game, and Dallas Clark, Mannings #2 target is having injury issues of his own after missing the majority of '10. The defense will get after the passer, but will struggle again against the run and in pass coverage.
*Manning will miss at least the first half of the year.
Record: 9-7


Tennessee Titans, 3rd Place

Offense: QB Matt Hasselbeck, RB Chris Johnson, WR Kenny Britt, TE Jared Cook, RG Jake Scott

: LB Will Witherspoon, LB Barrett Rudd, LB Akeem Ayers (R), SS Chris Hope, CB Cortland Finnegan

I like Tennessee a lot more than many football experts. I think Hasselbeck will be a fine veteran leader there to hold them over until Jake Locker's ready (and Locker looks like the real deal). He's got some decent weapons in Britt and Cook and a QB's best friend in a horse like Chris Johnson. So long as their O-Line doesn't crumble in front of them, they should have an average to above average offense. Their defense could also go either way. They have a star linebacking crew and nice secondary, but their front four are a little weak.
Record: 7-9


Jacksonville Jaguars, 4th Place

Offense: QB David Garrard, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Mike Thomas, TE Mercedes Lewis

Defense: DE Aaron Kampman, LB Paul Posluszny, FS Dawan Landry, CB Derek Cox

The Jags really should just let Blaine Gabbart take over QB for them cause they're just prolonging the inevitable by trotting Garrard back there. They aren't winning anything with David Garrard and Could be building a nice little offensive unit if they could find a QB and a tall receiver. Of all the teams that could use one of the free agent diva WR's Moss or Owens, it would be Jacksonville.
Record: 5-11

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