COLTS CAPSULE: Fear the horseshoe-clad warriors

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WHY THE COLTS WILL BE THIS YEAR'S PATRIOTS: When the NFL added the Houston , thus creating a 32-team league, a new eight-team, four-division setup came into effect. No team may benefit more from a change of scenery than the Indianapolis , who were shipped into the AFC South, which also houses those expansion , the Jacksonville and Tennessee . Every NFL division has at least one team that went to the playoffs in 2001 — except for the AFC South. Going into this season, the are the favorites. The should be solid, while the are rebuilding and the are just pain building. Once the offensive-minding, now defensive-conscious blue horseshoe-clad get into the playoffs, watch out. This team should be able to compete with any team in the league. WHY THE COLTS WON'T BE THIS YEAR'S PATRIOTS: A lot of the ' hopes ride on and how well he has recovered from a torn ACL. They say it takes running backs two seasons to get back into the same form they performed at prior to a knee injury. If the want to make that march to the Super Bowl, they'll need a healthy James. Then again, Dominic Rhodes is a very competent backup. Also, one has to think that the defense will not immediately be in sync with new head coach Tony Dungy's plan of attack. The defense was quite paltry last season, and there's a lot of room for improvement. THIS YEAR'S TOM BRADY (Camp sleeper who could become the Cinderella story behind this team): Let's play the name game, shall we?
  • I am the 1999 Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top wide receiver.
  • I am hold the Pac-10 record for career receptions.
  • I played for the Minnesota the past two seasons.
  • Who am I? If you guessed , you are correct. Walters came into camp with some big shoes to fill. , who developed quite a reputation as return specialist, is now with the St. Louis . Walters comes in as the most likely to succeed Wilkins in that role. Walters is an explosive return man who can help establish desireable field position for and crew to go to work. THIS YEAR'S DREW BLEDSOE ("Name" player who if he doesn't produce could see his final days with this team): Oft-injured linebacker, and former first-round draft choice, , is a man in limbo as his skills don't fit into the team's new defense. "SORRY HONEY, I'M WATCHING THE GAME": The ' Sept. 15 home opener is against former AFC East rival Miami. The ' clashes with the will likely decide which team wins the AFC South. The host the on Nov. 3, and then travel to Nashville on Dec. 8. PATRIOTS OR PATS-IES?: It's clear that this team has the capacity to contend for a championship. Dungy brought the up from the depths of the NFL and helped turn that once-pathetic team into a title contender. Then, he got fired. Now, Dungy has a team that needs much less work and can win immediately. With one of the NFL's top-rated offenses, it's just a matter of getting that defense into gear. When he's not wishing that life was as easy as the AFC South, Jim Reineking is checking e-mail at
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