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Thursday, January 7, 2010
I was wrong...

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

I was wrong.

A lot of people revel in it whenever I write or speak those words, and I understand it. There it is. Enjoy.

My preseason picks for the AFC South got only the Jaguars in the right spot. I had Titans, Colts, Texans, Jaguars and it finished up Colts, Texans, Titans, Jaguars.

If you are a regular at the AFC South Blog, you know this served as evidence of one of our biggest themes: The unpredictability of the NFL is the No. 1 reason for its incredible popularity.

I was in a pick ‘em pool with only press room bragging rights on the line this season. Thirty entries picked every game against the spread. The second place finisher (134-119) was a beagle named Pepper who picked games by retrieving one of two balls thrown for her to fetch. Tied for fifth (127-126) was “The Dreaded Coin Flip” that picked the home team if he got heads and the visitor if he got tails.

Yours truly was 14th, seven games under .500. (I like dogs, but prefer bills to coins.)

Where was I?

Oh yeah. I wanted to link you back to this preseason post that covered my picks for the AFC South and offer my mea culpa.

I obviously over-estimated the Titans by a great deal, though the thing that swayed me to pick them over the Colts for the division crown proved solid -- Tennessee’s offensive line was excellent. The Colts didn’t have the troubles I thought they might because of their offensive line, even as Mike Pollak was demoted during the year.

The Texans run defense was the concern I imagined it to be, until they hit a home run by bringing in strong safety Bernard Pollard, who helped settle things down. He was the in-season addition of the year in the division, maybe the league.

I do think the concern about so many inexperienced Jaguars playing well simultaneously was legitimate and stood up.

So there you have it. I look forward to incorrectly predicting things for you again come late summer.

Fun times.