AFC South: Walter Jones

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison are a step away from being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dungy and Harrison are two of the 15 finalists for this year's Hall of Fame class.

The 46-person Hall of Fame panel will vote for the 2014 class on Feb. 1.

Dungy, the winningest coach in Colts history, won five division titles, reached the AFC Championship Game twice and won a Super Bowl while coaching the team from 2002-08.

Harrison was second in league history in receptions when he retired in 2008. He had eight straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He ended his career with 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.

The Colts have 12 individuals in the Hall of Fame.

Here's a list of the 13 of other finalists for the Hall of Fame: Kicker Morten Andersen, running back Jerome Bettis, linebacker Derrick Brooks, receiver Tim Brown, owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, punter Ray Guy, defensive end Charles Haley, defensive end Claude Humphrey, offensive tackle Walter Jones, safety John Lynch, receiver Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Michael Strahan and cornerback Aeneas Williams.

AFC South: Final Word

October, 2, 2009

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

NFC Final Word: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Five nuggets of knowledge about Sunday’s games:

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  Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew can hurt opponents on screen passes.
Screen passes can be big in Titans-Jaguars: With Tennessee hell bent on stopping runs and getting to David Garrard, the Jaguars are likely to hurt them with at least a few screens with Maurice Jones-Drew getting the ball in some space. The Titans would be wise to mix in some screen themselves on offense. Chris Johnson’s been getting stopped for a lot of losses, and they’d be wise to attempt to get him outside with at least a couple short throws.

The Colts will pass rush OK without Dwight Freeney: Raheem Brock won’t be working against Walter Jones, also expected to miss the game hurt. And the quarterback Brock and his linemates will be chasing isn’t Matt Hasselbeck but Seneca Wallace. The absence of Freeney can hurt more next week in Tennessee, but it shouldn’t have a huge impact here.

Houston’s got all kinds of incentive: A month that they expected to produce a 3-1 record can end at best at 2-2. Oakland’s passing attack is unthreatening, which should allow the Texans to focus on the run as much as necessary to settle down in that department. A year ago the Texans went to Oakland and blew a big chance to get to 8-7 and produced a dud. The Texans recovered well from their Week 1 debacle against the Jets. Can they do the same following a Week 3 disappointment?

The Titans will concentrate on the ground games: This should be a get-back-to-basics scenario where they will try to run and stop the run. The Jaguars are average against the run and the Titans are equipped to emphasize stopping the dangerous Jones-Drew without running too much risk against a middling passing attack. One X-factor that could work in Jacksonville’s favor: more end-around and misdirection stuff keyed around rookie receiver Mike Thomas.

Look for another big moment from Pierre Garcon: The bulk of the balls are going to be aimed at Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. But Peyton Manning has cause for having confidence in Garcon, who made big plays for him in Miami and Arizona. The Colts will want to keep building Garcon as an additional, viable option and I’d expect he’ll have another chance or to for impact plays.

Posted by’s Paul Kuharsky

Houston Texans
  • Nnamdi Asomugha against Andre Johnson is as good a matchup as you can get, says John McClain.
  • Richard Justice: Time for someone on defense to step up.
  • Jacques Reeves’ hand injury could keep him out Sunday.
  • The Raiders are a mess, but Texans fans should be worried, said Alan Burge.
  • Roster moves following Chaun Thompson’s injury, from Mark Berman.
Indianapolis Colts
  • Dwight Freeney claims he’s a fast healer, says Mike Chappell.
  • Michael Lombardi wonders what Peyton Manning is worth now.
  • The Colts can blow you out or win a close one, says Phil Richards.
  • John Oehser considers Reggie Wayne, the possibility of the Colts leading the division wire to wire and Kyle DeVan’s push for the right guard job.
  • The Seahawks are likely to be without Matt Hasselbeck and Walter Jones.
  • Philip Wheeler could be part of the plan to fill in for Freeney, says Oehser.
  • Peyton Manning discusses how important Edgerrin James was to the Colts as the running back prepares to return as a member of the Seahawks, writes Oehser.
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Wayne Weaver on the possibility of playing some in Orlando: "I still believe [the Jacksonville] market is a great NFL market and will be a great NFL market. I don't see this as an opportunity to go play half our games somewhere else. Absolutely not. I see it as an opportunity to play some out-of-market games and develop a market that's close by if the opportunity is right.” Vito Stellino’s story.
  • Mike Thomas is a small guy capable of big plays, writes Stellino.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew is the AFC offensive player of the week, says Michael C. Wright.
  • Vic Ketchman thinks the Titans are a good team that’s found ways to lose.
Tennessee Titans
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Like the Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars could really use a reliable and versatile downfield threat. A lack of explosive plays is an issue the team must address.

If the Jaguars could add any one player in the NFL to their team, either Larry Fitzgerald or Andre Johnson would be a good choice. (I'm leaving out Steve Smith because he's a few years older than those two.)

The Jaguars, though, will need to do a lot of work this offseason to fortify their lines on both sides of the ball if they are to return to the sort of physical mentality they want as their style and reputation.

Albert Haynesworth could be a huge help to the Jaguars' defense, particularly if he could spark a return to form by John Henderson.

But I lean toward the offensive line where the Jaguars will be looking for a new left tackle to anchor a line they want to push people around.

Walter Jones just turned 35. So my thinking is to sift through the league's best young left tackles -- Jordan Gross has six years of experience, Ryan Clady, Michael Roos and Joe Thomas all have less than that.

I invite you to chime in with comments here or notes to my mailbag. After I see what you have to say, I will make a plus-one selection for the Jaguars by week's end.