Today I will preview what is easily the weakest division in football: the God-awful AFC South.
(In predicted order of finish)
Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
Few teams had as worse luck when it came to injuries than the Colts last season. In fact, only the Dallas Cowboys had worse luck than Indy.
Andrew Luck’s ass was tenderized behind that crappy offensive line. He was beat up week after week, and was finally shelved the last half of the season. It also didn’t help that he didn’t have much of a running game to lean on.
And the defense is just okay to me. Not bad, but not good either.
While I do not think those injuries will cripple the Colts again this season, head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson are on the clock. I don’t think owner Jim Irsay would put up them not playing nice with each other during another subpar season.
Houston Texans (9-7)
Good news for Texans fans: 1) Brock Osweiler is an instant upgrade from last year’s scrub Brian Hoyer; 2) your team still employs all-world defensive end J.J. Watt; 3) Bill O’Brien is turning into one of the best young head coaches in the league.
Bad news: 1) Osweiler ain’t all that; 2) Jadeveon Clowney may still be MIA during the regular season; 3) Andrew Luck will be back with a vengeance.
Tennessee Titans (6-10)
Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
Both of these teams upgraded their talent in some areas (see the Titans trading for running back DeMarco Murray). That said, both teams are still very young in a top-heavy division.
Jaguars fans, I pray for y’all every day…