2013 NFL Preview – AFC South Breakdown

Hello Everyone, 

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)

The fans in Houston have been waiting to see if the Texans will get past the hump of winning the AFC and making it to the SuperBowl. The franchise has seemingly all of the weapons to get to New York – franchise quarterback in Matt Schaub, Pro Bowl RB in Arian Foster, Pro Bowl WR in Andre Johnson, solid TE in Owen Daniels and the best DE in the league right now in J.J. Watt. 

The team has added the big piece that will get the team a step closer to being an elite franchise with the addition of former Baltimore Ravens safety and SuperBowl Champion Ed Reed. While Reed may not be the same player that he was 5 years ago, he brings leadership and that championship knowledge that the Texans desperately need if they are going to grow and move past the Broncos and Patriots. 

With having Reed in the secondary with an emerging CB in Johnathan Joseph, and the return of Brian Cushing off of an injury last season, the Texans should have a strong offense and defense, but I still believe that the will of the Broncos and Patriots to get to the SuperBowl for the legacies of their quarterbacks alone might be the only hurdles the Texans will have to deal with. 

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 Tennessee Titans are what I consider an average NFL franchise – they are solid in various areas, but they don’t always put it all together to be one of the elite franchises in the league regularly. 

The offense – yet again – will be based around RB Chris Johnson, who has predicted yet again that he will try to go for 2,000 yards this season. I don’t fully see how it will happen with the only legit WR on the team being Kenny Britt and I can’t see Kenny Britt bringing in double teams. 

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) 

The Jaguars have pieces – Maurice Jones-Drew, Justin Blackmon, and Marcus Trufant, and the ability to show NFL Red Zone at the stadium this year. 

Get ready for that draft in April 2014. 

Later in the week, we will have more breakdowns of the other divisions! Have a great weekend!

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