AFC South: Tennessee Titans give the Indianapolis Colts a run for their money

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The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a somewhat disappointing ending to last season as Peyton Manning and company looked like they could possibly win their second Super Bowl title in three years, but ended up dropping the ball in the big game and letting the New Orleans Saints win their first title in franchise history.

Even Peyton Manning would like to take back that interception he threw in the Super Bowl, the Colts and the three-time NFL MVP have move forward and look towards the upcoming NFL regular season.

As of right now, the Indianapolis Colts have the same team relatively intact and will be looking to have a repeat performance of last season and personally, this time I think they could win it all!

Here is a rundown of the AFC South heading into next season:

Houston Texans (last season: 9-7)
The Houston Texans have always seemed to be a talented team, but they could just never get it together or create any kind of team chemistry to work off of, but next season they might surprise some people as they could have an offense that rivals the New Orleans Saints.

There is no doubting that the Texans have a potent offense as they have arguably the best all wide receiver in the game in Andre Johnson and one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Matt Schaub, but their running game is nonexistent.

If the Texans can get the ground game going early in the season and have some much needed defense to back up their potent offense, this team could be a serious threat in the AFC.

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Jacksonville Jaguars (last season: 7-9)
Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars have one of the best running backs in the league in Maurice Jones-Drew, this forgotten team from Florida really doesn’t have anything else to compete with the best of the best in the league or in their division for that matter.
Jacksonville could surprise people next season, but I doubted as I think we will see the same weak team we always see and another last place finish in the AFC South.

Tennessee Titans (last season: 8-8)
Last season was a resurgence of sorts for the struggling Tennessee Titans. Coming into the season they had high hopes of competing for a Super Bowl title, but ended up losing the first seven games of the season and being dubbed the worst team in the NFL at one point.

Fortunately, head coach Jeff Fisher decided to make a drastic change by benching veteran quarterback Kerry Collins in favor of the former face of the franchise in Vince Young. Even though Young struggled early, he really started to come into his own once again and helped lead this team to an 8-8 record after losing the entire first half of the season.

Another reason for the Titans second half success was running Chris Johnson. Most people believe that Adrian Peterson is the best back in the NFL today, but after last year’s impressive performance, Johnson may have taken over as the league’s best out of the backfield.

If Young and Johnson can keep up their Pro Bowl performances next season, they could threaten Peyton’s Colts in the AFC South division.

Indianapolis Colts (last season: 14-2, division title)
Anytime the Indianapolis Colts have Peyton Manning starting behind center, the team has a chance to the go distance and win it all. I am betting that last season’s loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl really started to sting once the offseason got going and that might have been enough to motivate Peyton to bring it next season.

The Colts are never an easy team to bring down in their division, but with the Titans and Texans improving with every passing season and Manning not getting any older, a passing of the torch might happen sooner rather than later.

Our AFC South title prediction: Indianapolis Colts

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