The 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars will not be the worst team in the NFL. It’s also a very good chance that they wont be the worse team in their division. However, it is safe to say that coming out the gate, they won’t be a very a good team. That doesn’t mean that they wont surprise some folks. They may even pull a couple of upsets this year. The Jags have always been that type of team: not quite good enough, but good enough to make some people stand up and take notice. They do possess one of the best and most consistent running backs in the league. They have a good young defense who should rank in the top 10 this season. They also have a chance to have a 1000 yard receiver since Jimmy Smith did it in 2005. But much of their success this year hinges on the play of second year quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, who got knocked down more than Humpty Dumpty. The new owner, business tycoon Shad Khan, has promised every person in ear shot of his voice, that the Jaguars will be a winner. It will be an uphill battle, but the road may not be as long as we may think. I think this division is wide open, and this is the perfect time for the Jags to strike.
Fantasy Football Studs: Maurice Jones-Drew, MJD, Mo Jones-Drew, Pocket Hercules, whatever you call him, is a fantasy stud. On a bad Jacksonville team, he rushed for over 1600 yards: the most in the league last year, and the most in his career since coming into the NFL in 2006. He’s a threat to score on the run and in the passing game. But, MJD is not happy and his absence from this year’s OTAs have caused a stir. Jones-Drew was the only stud on the team last year. Not so this season! The Jags drafted stud reveiver Justin Blackmon, who loves grabbing that pigskin out of the air. Unfortunately, he has been loving that bottle a little more, resulting in a couple of DUIs this off season. But if he puts down the bottle, which he has vowed to do, Blackmon will be a NFL stud for sure. The Jags also added Laurent Robinson, who was a bright spot for the Cowboys last year. Robinson and Blackmon could be the best receiving tandem the Jags have seen since Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. Throw in another free agent receiver, Lee Evans, and TE Marcedes Lewis, and the Jaguars have a good receiving unit. That is something they have been sorely missing in recent years. Continue reading
The AFC South is composed of the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans. This is a division had been ruled year after year by the Colts. Since the loss of the great Peyton Manning, Indy struggled to last place and the first pick in this year’s draft. This made way for the Texans to become division champs and recipients of their first playoff appearance in team history. The Jags surprisingly cut fan favorite, David Garrard, and their best player Maurice Jones-Drew played frustrated as his team once again played terribly. The Titans also followed the same path, as All Pro RB Chris Johnson held out and had his worst season. This season brings the arrival for Andrew Luck to the division and the departure of Mario Williams to the Buffalo Bills, and the AFC South may be the worst division in the NFL.
Division Superstars: Maurice Jones-Drew=fantasy football success! Monster WR Andre Johnson is in this division along with teammates Arian Foster. After all of the drama, it will be interesting to see if Andrew Luck keeps Indy on the map. Finally, we all hope Chris Johnson returns to his CJ2K days this season.
Bad Blood in this Division: For years everyone was chasing Peyton Manning and the Colts. Nowadays it seems like the division is up for grabs with Houston leading the way. I will miss the showdowns between Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan and Houston’s Andre Johnson. That fight between them may be the best fight on the field since Deion Sanders and Andre Rison wailed off against each other. But now, this division is boring, with every team (except maybe the Texans)trying to find some sense of identity. Maybe some bad blood will develop as these teams try to carve out a spot in NFL relevancy.
Ranking Last Season: Houston Texans (10-6); Tennessee Titans (9-7); Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11); and Indianapolis Colts (2-14)
2012 Division Showdowns: Week 2 Houston at Jacksonville, Week 3 Jacksonville and Indianapolis, Week 4 Tennessee at Houston, Week 8 Indianapolis at Tennessee, Week 10 Indianapolis at Jacksonville, Week 11 Jacksonville at Houston, Week 12 Tennessee at Jacksonville, Week 13 Houston at Tennessee, Week 14 Tennessee at Indianapolis, Week 15 Indianapolis at Houston, Week 17 Jacksonville at Tennessee AND Houston at Indianapolis
“ALL MY ‘SHE SAID’ GIRLS, LET ME SEE YOUR HANDS! WAVE ‘EM AT THE FELLAS HATING ON YOU WITH THEIR FRIENDS!”
Let me start with the GREAT news: In the He SAID She Said Fantasy Football League Match up of the Week the guys took another L. This week’s match up was between my girl (and Dallas Cowboys fan) STAR STUDDED and the man of his blog (also a Dallas Cowboys fan) DNasty. Friday night DNasty saw STAR STUDDED in person and was talking King Kong size trash. Taunting her about her bye week players, asking her how she know about the Waiver Wire…just awful! He was very confident. And well fellas…he choked! Let me tell you: The ROOKIE, STAR STUDDED, handled her biz against your league commish DNasty. Proud of you lady! Even happier that the fellas took another L!