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In today’s sports world which includes salary caps and free agency, it is rare to see a team especially in the NFL, dominate like the Colts have.  Having win totals of 12, 12, 14, 12 and 13 which includes a Super Bowl title in the past five years is as good and consistent as it gets.  And in 2008, you should not expect anything less.

Note:  Teams listed in predicted order of finish

Indianapolis Colts

The only concerns that the Colts have entering the 2008 season are the health of two future Hall Of Famers in QB Peyton Manning and WR Marvin Harrison.  With Manning having played 10 years already and have started every game of his career, I am not as worried as the media is making Manning’s knee injury. Manning will be just fine and might take some time to get his rythm, but I would not be worried at all.  Harrison on the other hand, I do believe is a concern.  While Harrison has not showed any signs of any problems in the pre-season, I believe that it will be tough for Harrison to stay full healthy all season.

If this is the case, slot receiver Anthony Gonzalez must step up to take the pressure off of fellow wideout Reggie Wayne.  There is no question that the Colts will once again win double digit games, but the key to how far the Colts could go all depends on the health of Harrison.

Predicted Record: 12-4

Playoffs: Yes

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars really made strides in 2007 finishing 11-5 and playing the Patriots tough in their playoff game.

While expectations are high again, the Jaguars achilles heal will be at the WR postion where they lack any true threats.  WR Ernest Wilford left for the Dolphins, Jerry Porter has already been ruled out for week 1, and the remaining receivers lack true “#1” ability.  Matt Jones, Dennis Northcutt, and Troy Williamson are expected to all step up and carry the load at WR.

Rounding out the rest of the offense you can expect David Garrard to once again be efficient and smart with the football.  Helping him in the backfield is the powerful duo of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.

While the Jaguars won a year ago without much talent at WR, I believe attempting to duplicate that feat now as a favorite will be difficult.  The Jaguars will for sure always be physical week in and week out, but it simply wont be enough.

Predicted Record: 9-7

Playoffs: No

Houston Texans

The Texas are a team who are headed in the right direction.  However, a true lack of a running game and depth at RB will prevent the Texans from reaching the playoffs.

The duo of Chris Brown and Ahman Green at RB are a pipe dream to stay healthy all year in the backfield.  And as good as rookie Steve Slaton has looked in the pre-season, it is asking way too much of him to assume the entire load in his first year.

At WR, Andre Johnson is a physical freak, but just like Brown and Green, Johnson always finds a way to get hurt at some point during the season.  And 2008 should not be any different.

Defensively the Texas have a great trio of young stars in the making in LB DeMeco Ryans, DE Mario Williams and DT Amobi Okoye.  But they will only be able to do so much for a middle of the pack team.

Predicted Record: 8-8

Playoffs: No

Tennessee Titans

The Titans like the Texans are a carbon copy of the Texans with better coaching and a better defense.  Now while that sounds like a winning season and playoff berth on the horizon, I would not get your hopes up.

Without Vince Young taking the next step as a more efficient QB, the Titans will never get over the hump.  And with suspect receivers, things should not change in 2008.  Free agent signee Alge Crumpler will quickly become a favorite target of Young, but without outside threats, Young will continue to struggle.

The good news for the Titans though is they have a very good defense who plays very well as a unit, and they have two solid RB’s in LenDale White and rookie Chris Johnson.  Johnson is a speed burner who I expect to possibly win the rookie of the year award.  But if the Titans have any hope of winning anything else, it all begins and ends with the play of Young.

Predicted Record: 8-8

Playoffs: No

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