There has been just enough change in the AFC South over the past few years to make the coming 2013 season extremely interesting to watch. The Houston Texans have had a stranglehold on the division for the past couple of years, but things are changing and the Texans are starting to feel some pressure from the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans.
In 2012, the AFC South produced two playoff teams; the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans won the division and the Colts were a strong wild card team. During this offseason, the betting sites have been tracking the moves made by all of the AFC South teams and it looks like fans can expect a battle for the division title and there may even be three playoff teams coming from the AFC South in 2013.
The Houston Texans are still a Super Bowl contender and still the best team in the AFC South. Houston added a lot to its offense when it drafted wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. With Andre Johnson on one side and Hopkins on the other, the Texans will be able to stretch the field out in a way that it could not do in the past. Houston also possesses a powerful running game and an extremely punishing defense. The Texans are set up to be a playoff team and a Super Bowl challenger in 2013.
Predicted finish: First
Just when the Indianapolis Colts felt that they had a team to be excited about, the off-field troubles start to pile up. Safety Joe Lefeged was arrested on gun charges and wide receiver LaVon Brasil was arrested for drug charges, which led to a four-game suspension to start the 2013 season. The Colts addressed many of their defensive issues in the draft, as most people expected them to do. But head coach Chuck Pagano has his hands full as he deals with the inevitable problems that come with a roster full of rookies who are suddenly rich and famous.
Predicted finish: Second
With their first and second round draft picks, the Titans chose offensive guard Chance Warmack and wide receiver Justin Hunter, respectively. That should give quarterback Jake Locker the protection and target that he needs to expand the offense in 2013. Then the Titans went to work on their defense picking up outside linebackers and defensive ends. The Titans have a lot of holes they need to fill, but it looks like they are taking the right steps towards filling those holes and moving back into playoff contention.
Predicted finish: Third
With new head coach Gus Bradley in charge, the Jacksonville Jaguars are an unpredictable blank slate that could truly go in any direction. The team seems committed to quarterback Blaine Gabbert, which could earn the Jaguars the title of the “New York Jets of the South.” Even with a healthy Maurice Jones-Drew in 2013, the Jaguars will struggle.
Predicted finish: Fourth
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