TENNESSEE: John Q. and Susie Q. Public may consider final season was a fluke for these Titans, mostly simply because he/she basically does not recall just how very good this group was from 1999 to 2003, for the duration of this 5 year stretch Tennessee posted a combined record of 56-24, won two divisional titles, produced 4 playoff appearances such as trips to two AFC Championship games and came up a single yard quick of forcing the very first overtime in Super Bowl history as they fell to the Rams by the final of 23-16.
The Titans then fell on tough instances for the duration of the 2004 and 2005 seasons in posting straight up records of five-11 and four-12, mostly simply because they basically had grown as well extended in the tooth and had to replace aged talent. Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who is a single of the finest coaches in the NFL, applied the draft along with wise totally free agent signings to restock and retool his group, the choices he produced resulted in standard season records of eight-eight in 2006, 10-six in 2007 and 13-three in 2008. Do not shed sight of the truth that the Titans resurgence was a steady a single, which means that they did issues the ideal way and are surely NOT a fly-by-evening group that had a fortunate season in 2008.
The Colts will surely push Tennessee this year as will Houston and Jacksonville who figure to be a lot enhanced due to fantastic drafts, having said that, with Colt HC Tony Dungy retiring the Titans have the finest HC in this division along with the finest defense and the finest rushing attack which are the 3 most crucial components to winning a divisional title. Projected record 10-six.
***Appear to play ON Tennessee in week two when Houston comes to town, some teams basically personal other teams and such is the case involving the Titans and Texans as Tennessee has posted a mark of 7-1 straight up and six-two ATS in their final eight games against Houston general and are four-1 straight up and ATS in their final five dwelling games against the Texans.
INDIANAPOLIS: A new era starts in Colt-land as HC Tony Dungy, offensive coordinator Tom Moore, and offensive line coach Howard Mudd have all officially hung up their spurs and retired, their replacements are HC Jim Caldwell, offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, and offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars. As a side note Tom Moore agreed to keep on as a consultant, having said that, all 3 replacements have been currently on the Colt coaching employees and have been basically promoted into the new positions, Indianapolis also has a new defensive coordinator in Larry Coyer and a new unique teams coach in Ray Rychleski. While the Colts nonetheless have Peyton Manning major a good offense me thinks this is way as well a lot adjust for a group to digest and nonetheless win a divisional title more than such a effectively coached group as the Titans. Projected record 10-six.
***Appear to play AGAINST Indianapolis on October 11th when they travel to Tennessee, the Colts will be playing their third road game in a 4 game span such as a MNF game in the deep south at Miami and a trip out west to Arizona. A peek into the ole history book reveals that the Titans have covered five of their final six games general against the Colts and are a excellent three- ATS in their final 3 dwelling games against going to Indy.
HOUSTON: This is a Texan group that seems ultimately poised for a break-out sort of season in 2009, however for them they reside in the similar division as Tennessee, Indianapolis and a not so terrible Jacksonville group, therefore the purpose that Houston is a shoddy six-12 straight up in their final 18 divisional contests. The Texans enter the 2009 season getting posted back to back straight up marks of eight-eight in 2008 and 2007 and now seem prepared for their very first winning season because 2003.
Head coach Gary Kubiak is getting into his fourth season as the skipper of the Texans and every season his group has enhanced statistically, most may not comprehend it but final season this Texan offense completed 4th in the NFL in total passing yards, 3rd in total yards per game, 9th in yards per rush, and 4th in yards per pass, these are quite darn very good numbers thinking of some of the other QB's and offense's in the NFL. The Texans key malfunction is on defense exactly where they completed 27th in yards per pass permitted, 25th in yards per rush permitted, and 27th in points permitted.
To right their complications on defense Houston drafted LB Brian Cushing out of USC with their very first general choose and DE Barwin Conner out of Cincinnati with their second general choose, they also added DE Antonio Smith, DT Shaun Cody and LB Cato June by way of totally free agency. The Texans are nonetheless a couple of seasons away from seriously contending for a divisional crown, having said that, they continue to make fantastic strides towards that aim. Projected record 9-7.
***Appear to play AGAINST Houston when they travel to Buffalo on November 1st, the Texans will be playing their second straight road game and will also be playing their third road game in a 4 week span with a trip to divisional rival Indy on deck, which means that Houston could incredibly effectively get caught searching ahead to their very first seasonal meeting against the Colts. As a side note and as of this writing, Houston has failed to cover five of their final six games ATS when playing the very first of back to back road games and a peek into the old history book reveals that Houston is a excellent -five ATS in their final 5 contests against teams from the AFC East.
JACKSONVILLE: This Jag group was anticipated to do good issues final season soon after falling a single win quick of generating it to the AFC Championship game the preceding year, having said that, cluster injuries along the offensive line hurt them badly from nearly day a single as the Jags lost Each beginning offensive guards in week a single against the Titans, this loss primarily took away their energy operating game as evidenced by finishing the season ranked 18th in the NFL in rushing yards soon after attaining the #two ranking the preceding season. In terms of total offense the Jags fell to 20th in the league final year soon after getting the 7th most potent attack in 2007.
Following posting a combined record of 32-19 straight up and 30-20-1 ATS in the 3 seasons prior to final years' gorgeous five-11 straight up and four-12 ATS fall from grace, the organic assumption would be that a healthful Jag group could climb back to exactly where they have been with regard to contending for the divisional crown, having said that, Tennessee and Houston will have a thing to say about that. Appear for the AFC South to be a hotly contested race to the crown, having said that, in the finish it will be these Jags fighting it out with Houston for the third location spot. Projected record 9-7.
***Appear to play AGAINST Jacksonville when they travel to face divisional rival Houston on September 27th, the Jags have failed to cover six of their final eight meetings ATS versus the Texans general and are a excellent -three straight up and ATS in their final 3 visits to Houston.