Recently, I put out my predictions for who will win the NFL divisions, conference championships and SuperBowl 48. But even though I had gone away from doing team-by-team predictions, people asked for it, so I shall oblige. Today’s preview is for the AFC South Division.
Houston Texans (12-4, AFC South Champions, 3rd Seed in AFC Playoffs)
Indianapolis Colts – (10-6, AFC Wildcard, 5th in AFC Playoffs)
In year two of the Andrew Luck era, the expectations will be high for this team, and the question will be can Luck repeat the great rookie season of 2012 where he led the Colts to a playoff berth after a 1-15 season the year before.
Last year, the team dealt with extraordinary circumstances with the cancer of head coach Chuck Pagano and having an interim coach in Bruce Arians step in, along with having a rookie quarterback at the helm taking over for the legendary Peyton Manning.
On offense, the team bolstered the offensive line with bringing in RT Gosler Cherilus from Detroit, as well as Darius Heyward-Bey from the Oakland Raiders to bolster a WR core with Reggie Wayne and the emerging T.Y. Hilton. Currently Ahmad Bradshaw is out right now, so Donald Brown will most likely take most of the carries early on in the season.
On defense, the team added SS Laron Landry from the Jets to add a hard-hitter across the secondary for receivers to think about a bit.
This team should be solid yet again, but enough to be a factor in the AFC seriously? I don’t think so, but they are very close.
Tennessee Titans – (8-8, 3rd in AFC South, Misses Playoffs)
The defense is average – not great, not bad either, but that’s the whole idea of the entire team this season. We will see growth in quarterback Jake Locker – but he has no real help around him unfortunately.
Jacksonville Jaguars – (3-13, 4th in AFC South, Misses Playoffs)
Later in the week, we will have more breakdowns of the other divisions! Have a great weekend!