The One-Sided Affair of the AFC South

The AFC South is a weak division. Outside of the talent pool the Indianapolis Colts are currently swimming in, you’ve got the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans. While the Colts are busy doing backflips into the deep end, the other three teams are still dipping their toes in the kiddie pool to test the water.

Yes, the Texans were in the playoff hunt late last year, but let’s look at the solution they’ve found to their QB issue of the past couple years. Ryan Fitzpatrick has all but proven himself to be a journeyman. He hasn’t exactly built anything with any of the five teams he’s played with, and he’ll be entering his eleventh season this year. Fitzpatrick seems to be something of a temporary fix to a Houston QB problem that will need a permanent solution at some point.

Now listen, I know the rest of the teams are still rebuilding, and for the most part, they’re doing a good job of it so far. I like where Jacksonville is at with Blake Bortles. I think he has done some nice things to pump some air back into a deflated Jaguars’ offense. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves though, I mean I think in a few years, they’ll have a real playmaker with him leading the way offensively, but that’s the key – in a few years. The same goes for the rest of the division, I think that a few years down the road, you’ll probably see some real competition between Houston, Tennessee, and Jacksonville gunning for that number two, or dare I say it, number one spot in the South.

But right now, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the Colts will probably lock it up again this year.  Just look at Andrew Luck’s numbers, I mean the guy threw 40 TDs last season.

Is that record breaking? No.

Could he cut down the 16 INTs he threw as well? Yes.

But let’s compare that to the 11 TDs, 17 INTs of Blake Bortles, the 8 TDs and 7 INTs of Zach Mettenberger, who finished out the year for the Titans, and the 17 TDs and 8 INTs of Houston’s current starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Texans did find themselves in the playoff hunt late last year, I won’t dispute that, but they did lose to Indy during both matchups last season. I think it’s pretty clear Indianapolis will win the division title again in 2015, and I’m not sure any of the other three teams will look all that competitive even after they finish regrouping this offseason.

But a few years from now, I think you’ll see some real improvement in this division. Jacksonville looks to have the most promise of the bunch with Bortles running the show down there, but we’ll see. I’ve always been a fan of the underdog, so maybe they will give me a reason to root for them this season.

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Hi, I’m Andre! I’m your standard, run-of-the-mill, millennial with a thing for avocados, a major coffee-habit and a blog I work on when I'm not listening to podcasts or collecting cans of rare, sought-after craft beer.

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