AFC South

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

2004 RECORD: 12-4

SUPER ODDS: 9-2; OVER/UNDER: 11 1/2

SUN SAYS: The Colts used six of their 10 draft picks on defence. Then they signed DT Corey Simon. Denials of coach Tony Dungy aside, the moves were made to be competitive against the Patriots who have so humiliated them the past two playoffs. The other key might be for the Colts to win enough in the regular season to secure home field through the post-season -- anything to avoid another deep freeze out in Foxboro.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

2004 RECORD: 9-7

SUPER ODDS: 25-1; OVER/UNDER: 8 1/2

SUN SAYS: Last year, the Jags gave sophomore quarterback Byron Leftwich the shot to learn on the job. This year, they expect to win. "It's our time," said Leftwich, one of several young QBs in the league itching for a breakout campaign. With a solid core on defence, should the Jags have a healthy RB Fred Taylor, they could surprise. A win over Indy and a narrow loss to Pittsburgh in '04 showed they are legit threats to the big boys.

HOUSTON TEXANS

2004 RECORD: 7-9

SUPER ODDS: 60-1; OVER/UNDER: 7 1/2

SUN SAYS: Every year since coming into the league in 2002, the Texans have won more games than the previous season. Another leap forward and they could make it to the post-season. Such hopes depend largely on the continued maturation of QB David Carr who threw for a solid 3,531 yards and 16 touchdowns in '05. On defence, the acquisition of CB Philip Buchanon is an interesting addition to an already decent unit.

TENNESSEE TITANS

2004 RECORD: 5-11

SUPER ODDS: 50-1; OVER/UNDER: 6 1/2

SUN SAYS: Difficult to believe that Steve McNair is 32 which means one thing - his window of opportunity is running low. Starting the season with games against stout foes such as Pittsburgh, Baltimore, St. Louis and Indy will give coach Jeff Fisher's squad a quick read on whether they are to be contenders for the playoffs or for a third consecutive season in the basement.


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