- Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
- Houston Texans (6-10)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
- Tennessee Titans (4-12)
Analysis: The Colts should moonwalk to the division title. Take a look at the rest of the division – it’s God-awful.
The Colts have a stud QB in Andrew Luck. They are talented at WR, led by the ageless Reggie Wayne. Their defense ain’t half-bad either.
But the rest of the division? Ewwwwww. While the Jaguars are steadily improving, and the Texans have Javedeon Clowney, those teams will still suck.
As for the Titans, not even an exorcist could bless their season.
- New Orleans Saints (12-4)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)
- Carolina Panthers (7-9)
- Atlanta Falcons (5-11)
Analysis: Much like the AFC South, this is a one-team division. The Saints are still loaded offensively, still employ Drew Brees, still have Sean Payton as head coach, and still play in the Superdome – one of the best home-field advantages in all of football. And much like the Colts, New Orleans is improving defensively. In fact, they are pretty damn good thanks to coordinator Rob Ryan (who inexplicably does not have a head coaching job).
The Buccaneers will be one of the big surprises this season. They have acquired more talent over the off-season. Rookie WR Mike Evans will be a huge addition offensively. They are decent defensively. And they have under-stated Lovie Smith coaching the team. That to me spells improvement.
Meanwhile in Charlotte, the Panthers are devoid of offensive talent – especially at wide receiver. Aside from TE Greg Olsen (who will be triple-teamed), who will poor Cam Newton throw the ball to? And the front office, namely general manager Dave Gettleman, did not re-sign many of its starters in the secondary, though the Panthers’ front seven will still be good.
The Falcons are just too soft to comment on. A one-dimensioned offense + a leaky defense = a helluva lot of losses.