At the time that I'm writing this the Colts are still playing in their preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams, but the early results make me feel pretty good about saying that I feel pretty encouraged about what the AFC South might look this season.
- Andrew Luck looks like he's going to be the real deal. His numbers are going to be a little inflated thanks to Donald Brown's 63 yard trot, but going 10-16 for 188 yards and two TDs is nothing to shake a stick at.
- Speaking of Donald Brown, did I mention the 63 yard touchdown?
- Jacksonville actually did not look inept against the defending world champions and even managed to pull off a win. Yes, I know its preseason, but as bad as they were last season this is pretty encouraging.
- Maurice Jones-Drew might want to rethink his holdout. Rashad Jennings looked pretty capable gaining 56 yards on 12 carries.
- Blaine Gabbert didn't look like a stud completing just 50 percent of his passes, but the offense didn't look like a train wreck either with him guiding it. Add in his two best weapons, Justin Blackmon and MJD, and there might be hope for this kid just yet.
- Matt Schaub appeared to be fine in his first action since his dreadful injury last November. The interception wasn't nice, but he led the offense just fine and was able to take it right down the field on the opening drive.
- Now if only the Texans could score a few touchdowns after those drives...at least they don't have to worry about missing any field goals with former Texas A&M kicker Randy Bullock booting them through.
- Houston had eight sacks against the Panthers, seven of them from linebackers. The fact that five of them came against Jimmy Clausen and a weak line could mean something, but it could also mean that the team knows how to go for the throat when the opportunity presents itself.
- Tennessee might be okay if they go with the youth trend this year and give Jake Locker a shot. Locker was 8-13 for 80 yards, but more importantly he looked strong and confident in the pocket--good indicators for being able to handle the rigors of the game.
- If Chris Johnson doesn't get it together the team might be able to roll with Javon Ringer and Darius Reynaud. Ringer looked good when he got his hands on the ball (four carries for 22 yards and one catch for 12) as did Reynaud (five carries for 29 yards and a TD; he had another TD on a 85-yard punt return).
- Kenny Britt may not be missed if he does get suspended. Rookie Kendall Wright looked good when he played (three catches for 47 yards), but it was a 2010 7th round pick from Montana (Marc Mariani) that led the way with two catches for 52 yards.
No need to remind me that it is preseason here guys; I know not to read too much into it. However, that isn't going to stop me from being excited that it's here!