2024 Division Preview: AFC South

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NFC East (and Introduction)

NFC North

NFC South

NFC West

AFC East

AFC North

1. Tennessee Titans

 

 

Last year I made the Titans my somewhat Bold pick to win the AFC South based on confidence in the steady competency of Vrabel and Tannehill. That ended up not working out, as Tannehill looks like he’ll be forced into retirement and Vrabel is no longer a head coach.

This year I’m much more skeptical of the Titans’ coach/quarterback combo. I still think Vrabel is a good coach and getting rid of him was a mistake. And I didn’t like Levis as a prospect at all. But there is a lot to like about the Titans.

While Levis wasn’t dominant by any measure, he was actually better than I thought he’d be. I think he could be good enough to not completely tank a team.

That might be all they need, as they had an amazing offseason. Losing Denico Autry is painful, but otherwise they added a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. That cornerback duo of Sneed and Awuzie will be great (although not quite as good as Sneed’s duo last year).

In a division without a strong contender, I’m once again going to go with the Titans. Hopefully this year they’ll look me look smart.

2. Houston Texans

 

While picking the Titans to win the division last year made me look dumb, picking the Texans 2nd was one of my best picks of the season. Ironically though while everybody is excited for the Texans, I am not so sure about them.

Stefon Diggs was a big addition that got everybody’s attention, and he will help, but they lost Sheldon Rankins and Maliek Collins on the defensive front. They also swapped Greenard for Hunter, which on paper is an even trade, but you never know. Sometimes a guy goes to a new team and doesn’t play at the same level.

On top of that, they weren’t really as good as they looked last year. Overall they had a winning record and a positive point differential. But going game-by-game they really didn’t impress. They had an impressive win against the Jaguars in the regular season, and beat the crap out of Cleveland in the playoffs. Besides those though they really did not look like a good team throughout the season.

So overall I think the Texans look set to underperform the high expectations they suddenly have.

3. Indianapolis Colts

 

The Colts are a tough team to predict. Anthony Richardson played well in limited action as a rookie, and they played decently with Minshew. 

The big question is if Richardson can stay healthy. The injury that ended his season wasn’t the only one that he suffered that caused him to miss time. If he can’t stay healthy I doubt that Flacco will be able to lead the team as successfully as Minshew did.

If Richardson can stay healthy the whole season, the Colts could be a serious contender for the division.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

 

The Jaguars aren’t as bad as this ranking makes them look. I actually think this division is mostly equal from top to bottom. But somebody had to be last, and the Jaguars just don’t have much going for them that makes me want to pick them to win the division. 

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KCChef
06/17/2024 12:06 pm

Methinks losing Henry was a whole Skill Set / Threat that the Titans lost …

I’d Flip The Titans & Texans … ( & Kinda fear the King Henry / Action Jackson Run ” Thunder & Lightning ” Quandary that’s gonna be posed to Defenses … ; )

upamtn
Reply to  KCChef
06/17/2024 2:22 pm

agree on Henry … that’s a Titan(ic) Downgrade

Jags have good HC and decent QB … I’d put ’em 2nd after Texans

Titans/Colts = Colts/Titans tied for last or whatever

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Reply to  upamtn
06/17/2024 3:38 pm

Losing Henry is like losing the ability to hurl boulders with a catapult.

Sounds horrible until you remember air power is a thing now.

upamtn
Reply to  Team Player
06/17/2024 4:29 pm

yeah, but that boulder thing worked well for them

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Reply to  upamtn
06/17/2024 5:18 pm

Marty-ball 2023

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