Peyton Manning will want to erase that Super Bowl defeat quickly, and get back to the winning habit Indianapolis Colts fans are used to, as the Colts will go into Houston with the smallest of chips on their shoulders.
Houston was in total chaos for part of last season, with problems with the run, although loaded with talent. More work must be done for this team to emerge as a division winner or playoff team.
You may see some small backwards steps, before this team is headed forward again and in the limelight of the AFC.
Indianapolis, on the other hand, actually improved the team from last season, when they went to the Super Bowl, and are favored to be there again in 2010, perhaps playing the Jets or the Ravens for the AFC Championship.
I do expect Oakland to win six or seven games this season, but I don't think Jeff Fisher will have the Titans anything less than 150 percent prepared for this opening game in 2010, especially with the 0-6 start last season.
Chris Johnson and Vince Young make a very quick and athletic backfield, coupled with the defense at home, forget about it. Tennessee wins this one easy.
This first week is looking good picking the straight up winners. Point spreads can't be done until a Vegas line is actually set, so be patient.
14-2 for week one of the 2010 NFL Season looks entirely feasible as so far I have selected the New Orleans Saints, the Chicago Bears, the Miami Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns, the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Jets, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Tennessee Titans all winning on opening day.
All these picks are spread out over a series of articles before week one.
All of the remaining games are obvious choices with my picks and reasons coming soon.
Have a great week, and we will get to those last four quick enough.
Thomas[ NFL Mikee] Moreland