Well its time to start laying down the predictions division by division since football is a mere 50 days away from Week One. We will start in the AFC South, a division ripe with offensive talent, but suspect on the defensive side of the ball.
1 Indianapolis Colts (12-4)- So long as Dungy does not touch this offense one bit his defensive genius alone will turn the Colts around. I see no reason with him in place now that the Colts can't collect a Super Bowl ring sometime in the next few seasons. Well, I can see one reason- Peyton CAN'T win big games, but thats beside the point.
2. Tennessee Titans (10-6)- Glad they are out of my beloved Steelers division this year. The Titans should be better this year, I think last year was a case of too many new faces and an injured Eddie George. With George healthy and the new guys having a year to adjust, this is a Wild Card caliber team. I think they are still a top notch receiver away from glory though.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9)- The real question this year will be "How many times will Mark Bruenell get hurt?" The other question will be "Will Fred Taylor get hurt in Week 1 or 2?"
4. Houston Texans (5-11)- Hey this team has a solid foundation and they should be competitive sooner rather than later. Carr will have some bumps in the road this year and next, but give him time. Tim Couch in Cleveland is proof that it takes a couple of seasons to really hit your stride if you are thrown in the fire your rookie year. I would expect Carr to be starting bt Week 4 or 5.
WIENER OF THE DAY! July 6, 2002!
I think if you are in the passing lane, and not passing, your license should be revoked, and you should be forced to ride the bus until you promise to never delay the rest of us again. --George Carlin
You actually think that Fraud Taylor will start the season on the active roster ? He will be out of the line-up by the third Pre-season game.
Colts should take this division easily if Edge can stay healthy and keep his mind in the game - Peyton is too good to throw as many INT's this year as last and Dungy gives the defense some crediblity. The AFC East is glad to see them gone.
Looking forward to the debut of the Texans - picked up their hat & shirt in Houston on the day they debuted the logo.
I sure hope Indy is 15-0 coming into their final game, hosting Miami...and then they beat THEM, too, causing the entire 1972 Dolphins team (who, naturally, will have flown in to cheer against the home team) to expire. Amen to that!