The AFC South is usually stinky. It’s like that co-worker who opts for a cologne bath rather than a shower. Yeah, that kind of stink. However, this season, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the smell of the AFC South….
Last Season’s Standings:
Houston Texans: 9-7
Tennessee Titans: 9-7
Indianapolis Colts: 8-8
Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-13
From worst-to-first we go….
This division as a whole will be better, but that doesn’t apply to this bottom feeder. The Jacksonville Jaguars will be awful this season — again. Their level of bad will depend on the number of turnovers their quarterback has (and if they beat the Jets or not). New head coach, Doug Marrone, has inexplicably decided to stick with Blake Bortles under center. Bortles, the former #3 overall pick (2014), has been nothing short of a disaster early on in his career. I envision feeling very badly for rookie running back, Leonard Fournette at some point this season.
Key Additions: Leonard Fournette (Draft), Calais Campbell, Barry Church
Key Losses: Julius Thomas, Luke Joeckel, Kelvin Beachum
The Indianapolis Colts will go as far as their quarterback will take them. The only problem is their quarterback is injured. And when he’s not injured, he’s being sacked, and in turn, re-injured. The way Colts’ management has treated Andrew Luck is criminal. I can’t recall a quarterback, with hall of fame talent like Luck, ever taking snaps behind a worse offensive line. And I’m sorry Colts’ fans, that streak of missing the playoffs in 2 consecutive years won’t end this year.
Key Additions: Christine Michael, Johnathan Hankins, Kamar Aiken
Key Losses: Trent Cole, Dwayne Allen, D’Qwell Jackson
Being a Houston Texans fan must be frustrating. The Texans have such a talented roster, outside of the MOST IMPORTANT POSITION on the field, quarterback. Yes, they drafted Deshaun Watson in the 2017 Draft (12th pick), but as per head coach, Bill O’Brien, Watson will ride the pine to start the season. O’Brien will turn the reigns over to Mr. Tom Savage. No no, you don’t need glasses. You read that right. The question though, is when, not if, Watson will take over at quarterback?? We know how you feel DeAndre Hopkins, but don’t jump overboard yet. Help is coming….
Key Additions: Deshaun Watson (Draft), Breno Giacomini, Marcus Gilchrist
Key Losses: Vince Wilfork, A.J. Bouye, Antonio Smith
Are you sensing a theme in this division?? Every team will go as far as their quarterback will take them. Marcus Mariota is one of the great, young quarterbacks in this league. Despite breaking his leg in December of 2016, Mariota looks poised to lead his Titans to an AFC South Division Title. Mariota will line up behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and when he’s not running the ball, will hand it off to the best running back tandem in the league (Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry).
Jump on the bandwagon while you still can!! It’s getting crowded on here!!
Key Additions: Eric Decker, Logan Ryan, Corey Davis (Draft)
Key Losses: Jason McCourty, Kendall Wright, Chance Wormack
This Season’s Predictions:
Tennessee Titans: 11-5
Houston Texans: 9-7
Indianapolis Colts: 6-10
Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-12
Who do you think will win the AFC South?? Post your predictions in the comment section below.
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