The AFC South produced one of the two teams in the AFC Championship game last season in the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee seems poised to make a similar run, but by winning the division opposed to making the playoffs and going on that incredible run as the 6-seed.
The Indianapolis Colts will look to play spoiler to that by winning the division. A new addition at quarterback will either make or break the Colts.
To preface the predictions part, I originally said the Colts would win the division. Since the Titans signed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, I have changed my stance and am picking Tennessee to win the division.
How Much Will the Colts Need to Rely on Philip Rivers?
- Division Odds: +125
- Over/Under: 9
The Colts gave Philip Rivers $25 million to replace Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Rivers is nearing the end of his career and if 2019 was any indication, the Colts might not get the most out of their investment.
Last season, Rivers threw for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. The last stat is one of worry and was a key contributor as to why the Chargers only won five games. If Rivers can get the ball to the likes of T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, and Devin Funches more than he gives it to the opposing team, the Colts will have a shot at the division.
Speaking of the receivers, they must stay healthy, which has been an issue in the past. The running game should be solid behind Marlon Mack and rookie Jonathan Taylor who will prove to be a solid one-two punch and should both be rostered, if not handcuffed on fantasy teams.
Projected Record: 9-7
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Can the Titans Build on their 2019 Momentum?
- Division Odds +165
- Over/Under: 8.5
Tennessee shocked the football world last season when they knocked off the Patriots and Ravens in succession en route to the AFC Championship game before ultimately falling to the eventual Super Bowl champion Chiefs.
The run was sparked by running back Derrick Henry, who won the rushing title with 1,540 yards to go with 16 touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also was a major reason the Titans went on the run that they did. Replacing Marcus Mariota after six games, Tannehill went 7-3, threw for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns, and more importantly only six interceptions.
The Titans gave Tannehill a four-year, $118 million contract with $62 million guaranteed and Henry a four-year, $50 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed. Both contracts are well deserved and both players should pick up right where they left off last season.
The addition of Clowney certainly boosts an already stout defense.
Projected Record: 10-6
Will the Loss of Hopkins Hurt the Texans?
- Division Odds: +320
- Over/Under: 7.5
In one of the most puzzling trades in recent memory, the Texans and head coach Bill O’Brien decided to ship three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona. One of the best weapons in the NFL and especially for Deshaun Watson is no longer on the team.
In the trade, Houston acquired running back David Johnson, who has been hobbled by injuries the past couple of seasons. If he can get back to pre-injury status, the Texans will benefit, but not as much if hey kept Hopkins. To replace Hopkins, Houston signed Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb and they still have the oft-injured Will Fuller.
The schedule makers did the Texans no favors this season as they face only three teams projected to win fewer than seven games this season. Not only that, but the start of the season is brutal as they head to Kansas City, host Baltimore, travel to Pittsburgh, and then host the Vikings to close out the first month of the season.
Projected Record: 7-9
Will the Jags Go Winless?
- Division Odds: +2300
- Over/Under: 4.5
The odds-makers sure seem to think the Jaguars have a legitimate shot at going 0-16 this season. Jacksonville and the Washington Football Team are the only two with odds to go without a victory.
The roster is a mess due to yet another rebuild. Think about this: three seasons ago, the Jags were ONE QUARTER away from the Super Bowl and now they are in the running for a winless season.
If you are into sports betting, take the under for this team. The season is not going to be pretty and I do think they finish without a win.
Projected Record: 0-16