The AFC South is full of good young talent.
From JJ Watt to Andrew Luck, to Blake Bortles, and Marcus Mariota this division has some of the best young players in the NFL today.
Strong teams? Well…no.
Playoff powers? Not really.
Super Bowl Contenders? Not even close.
But good young players.
1. Houston Texans
Predicted finish: 9-7
The Texans saw the struggles of unproven veteran QB Brian Hoyer in the Texans playoff game against Kansas City and decided that a change had to be made. So they went and signed unproven veteran QB Brock Osweiler to $72 million dollar deal. His performance may look similar to Hoyer’s, but at least they’ll be paying him a lot more.
2. Indianapolis Colts
Predicted finish: 8-8
Andrew Luck should be back and fully healthy after being inactive for nine games with shoulder and kidney injuries. Of course, when he was playing he looked horrible, throwing 12 interceptions in just seven games. And it might be a bad sign for the Colts offensive line that Texans DE JJ Watt has been sending Lucks spleen texts saying “I miss you, but we will be together soon.”
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville believes they have turned a corner behind QB Blake Bortles and are a contender in the AFC. Sure, their running game is abysmal, and their defense allowed 28 points per game. But let’s let them keep thinking they are making huge strides. Then we can point and laugh together.
4. Tennessee Titans
Predicted finish: 6-11
We love what we saw from rookie QB Marcus Mariota last year, as he threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns in just 12 games. This kid has “it”. And if the Titans don’t patch together some semblance of an offensive line, which allowed 54 sacks in 2015, “it” will be back on the injured reserve list by Week 8.
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