NFL Predictions 2014-AFC South
by Mark Neal
posted Aug 14 2014 10:30AM
We will be doing our NFL division predictions, one division at a time...here is the AFC South! Your thoughts and comments are welcome!
Tomorrow: AFC West
1. Indianapolis Colts...The heavy favorite to win the south, and for good reason. Andrew Luck is very good, and going to be great one day. The running game needs to take some pressure off of Luck, and it should. Playing enough defense will be the biggest question mark surrounding the Colts, but they will get enough to win the division. Not having Robert Mathis, and his 19.5 sacks and 8 forced fumbles in 2013, for the 1st 4 games will be a terrible loss...someone will have to fill some very large shoes.
2. Houston Texans...Had the worst record in the league last season, but injuries and negative momentum accounted for most of that issue. Insert Bill O'Brien as Head Coach, so things will look different in Houston as well. QB could be a concern, but the return of Arian Foster should lighten that load. The defense adds Jadeveon Clowney with 1st pick to team with JJ Watt in the front 7...watch out Andrew Luck!
3. Tennessee Titans...Lots of youth on the offense, and with a new Head Coach, I am interested to see their progression. For Jake Locker, it's put up or shut up time...I like a healthy Zach Mettenberger. Defense could be the issue, but were a middle of the pack group statistically in 2013...improve, and the team will win more, but probably not enough to make the playoffs in 2014.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars...What can I say, it's Jacksonville? Last year, their offense was bad, but their defense was even worse! The team went offensive skill positions with their 1st 3 picks in the 2014 draft, including selecting QB Blake Bortles with the 3rd overall selection. Bortles showed signs in his 1st preseason game, but it's the preseason, so who knows. Bad drafts and busts have put this team in the position they are currently. Bortles progression, among other things, is the only hope they have to win, what, 5 games in 2014?