We have knocked out the AFC East and North, now it’s time for the AFC South. Last year, Jacksonville and Tennessee went down to the end to see who would win the division. Indianapolis and Houston season didn’t go as planned. Indianapolis was without Andrew Luck all season as he recovered from shoulder surgery. After starting out the season looking like a potential MVP and Rookie of the Year, Deshaun Watson tore his ACL. Off the backs of their stout defense, Jacksonville won the division and turned that into a deep playoff run. On the other hand, Tennessee made the playoffs and won a road game in Kansas City in the process. How will things turn out in this division this upcoming season? Let’s take a sneak peek on what should transpire.
The Houston Texans finished with a 4-12 record last season after struggling when Deshaun Watson went down. If the Texans are to have a successful season, they must remain healthy. Houston has been hit with the injury bug to a key player for the last several seasons. Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt return with the hopes of having an injury-free season. On the offensive side of the ball, they added Sammie Coates to a receiving core that includes DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. To ensure the backside on the defensive side of the ball, Houston signed Tyrann Mathieu. Whether they’re healthy or not, Houston starts the season with one of the tougher schedules. If Watson remains healthy, this team will show why they’re a team of the future as they’ll finish with a 10-6 record.
The Indianapolis Colts finished with a 4-12 record last year, tied with the Houston Texans at the bottom of the division. After missing the entire season last year, Andrew Luck will make his return. The Colts lost a lot of talented players, but they also signed a few players also. The biggest change comes at Head as Frank Reich takes over with the hopes of turning the franchise around. Frank Reich has been great for QBs and should help Andrew Luck in his return. On offense, Indianapolis brought in Eric Ebron and Ryan Grant to help out T.Y. Hilton. Denico Autry and Najee Goode will hopefully help this defense improves this season. Indianapolis won’t make the playoffs this season, but they’ll improve to a 7-9 record.
The Jacksonville Jaguars finished with a 10-6 record last year and reached the AFC Championship game. Jacksonville will try to improve on their great season from a year ago. This year, they won’t be surprising anyone because the league knows about them. They remain committed to Blake Bortles as they gave him an extension and they added a potential comfort pass catcher in Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Marquise Lee was hurt in their preseason game against Atlanta and is out for the season, which will hurt them. The defense should be one of the best in the league again, but can they mimic last year’s success? I’m predicting this team is here to stay as they’ll finish with a 11-5 record.
The Tennessee Titans finished with a 9-7 record last year and won a playoff game on the road against Kansas City. Despite making the playoffs, the Titans brought in a new coach in Mike Vrabel. To help with the development of Marcus Mariota, they brought in some help. With Mariota having issues with injuries, they brought in Blaine Gabbert to be his backup. They signed Dion Lewis to go along with Derrick Henry in the backfield. They improved immensely on the defensive side of the ball by signing Malcolm Butler, Bennie Logan and Will Compton. They drafted two potential playmakers on the defensive side in Harold Landry and Rashaan Evans. Will the Titans have another great season? I’m predicting they’ll take a step back by finishing with a 8-8 record.
My 2018-2019 AFC South Prediction
- Jacksonville Jaguars 11-5
- Houston Texans 10-6
- Tennessee Titans 9-7
- Indianapolis Colts 7-9
What do you think about my thoughts of the AFC South this upcoming season? How do you see things playing out? Can anyone overtake the Jaguars for the division? Leave a comment below.