2015 NFL Preview: AFC/NFC South

NFLThe NFL season is almost here, and I am SOOOOO excited!

Lots of storylines are abound in the 2015 season.

How will #DeflateGate affect the New England Patriots?  Is there an NFC team that will get in the Seahawks’ way?  Will Jordy Nelson’s injury ruin Green Bay’s Super Bowl hopes?  Will anyone challenge the Patriots in the AFC?

I’m so friggin’ excited – and I just can’t hide it (“no, no!!!”)!

This year’s NFL preview will be a bi-divisional affair, culminating in the 2015 playoff/Super Bowl prognostications.

Today I will change things up a bit and start the two worst divisions in the NFL: the AFC and NFC South.  So without further ado…

AFC South

  1. Indianapolis Colts (13-3)
  2. Houston Texans (9-7)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
  4. Tennessee Titans (3-13)

Analysis:  The football gods must have blessed the Colts because they have the easiest road to a division title.  The other teams in this division has a viable QB.  The other teams do not have enough talent on offense to score more than 20 points consistently.  Basically all Indy has to do is score more than 25 points in a divisional game and it’s an automatic win.

As for the other teams, I’ll say this.  The Texans do have a very good defense.  The Titans and Jaguars have their QBs of the future.  As a matter of fact, Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota (and another rookie QB that was taken before him – more on him in a moment) is featured in a Football Betting Center article on which QB will suck less (and no, I’m not kidding).

NFC South

  1. New Orleans Saints (9-7)
  2. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
  3. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)

Analysis:  While the AFC South is a weak one-horse division, the NFC South is the lousiest division in all of humankind.  This division was flat out atrocious last season, and may figure to be that way again.

That said, I’m looking for the Saints to rebound this season.  They sustained lots of injuries last season, especially on the defense.  With the addition of safety Brandon Browner, coupled with the motivation of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to right a wrong from last season, I think the Saints will be better defensively and that should be enough to get them over the top.  Besides, as long as they employ Drew Brees, the offense will always score a plethora of points.

Hell, the Saints should win this by default.  The Falcons have no defense.  The Panthers have only QB Cam Newton and TE Greg Olsen on offense.  The Bucs are fielding a rookie QB in Jameis Winston, and will have to pray for more than three wins.

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