As training camp approaches, SI.com goes around the league and asks 10 key questions for each division.
1. Can any AFC South challenger stop the Colts?
It's hard for the Colts' division rivals to emulate the Patriots' method for stopping Indy in the playoffs, since you can't ice the fields in Houston, Nashville and Jacksonville. New England also has been able to control the ball and keep Peyton Manning and Co. off the field. The Texans, Titans and Jags have potent running attacks, but the key is to control the Colts' offense early in the game and make their defense work. Easier said than done.
2. Will Manning have a post-record letdown?
If Manning hadn't been pulled from so many blowout wins and relented in the final couple of weeks of the season, he could have thrown for more than 60 touchdowns instead of an NFL-record 49 in 2004. But history isn't on Manning's side in 2005, since most NFL players have had letdowns after setting single-season marks. There's a reason no one had thrown more than 48 TDs before last year. It's a lot of TDs, and every single opposing defense will have their game against the Colts circled on the calendar.
3. Will Edgerrin James' issues with his contract affect the Colts?
James has been slapped with the Colts' franchise tag before and he's been unhappy for some time. But his vocal protests haven't slowed the Colts in the past. Part of the underlying issue is James might not be that essential to Indianapolis' high-powered offense -- whoever plays running back is rarely facing a defense prepared to stop the run, so the theory is a lot of backs could run through those holes. In Indy's biggest game last year, James was mostly ineffective, rushing for 39 yards on 14 carries. The Colts have to re-sign WR Reggie Wayne after this season, and likely will choose to hold off on a decision with James at this point.
4. What impact will new offensive coordinator Norm Chow have on the Titans?
The former USC assistant should have a quicker transition than many coaches who jump from college to the NFL because he ran a pro-style offense with the Trojans. Some would say last season's USC squad could have challenged several pro teams. Chow should be able to open up the Titans' offense more, and the players should like that. Much of what Chow will try to do depends on the health of quarterback Steve McNair and running back Chris Brown.