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Fearless Rick's NFL Preview - AFC South

Rick Gagliano | July 29, 2015

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts

2014 Record: 11-5

2015 Expected Finish: 12-4

The Good: Andrew Luck led the ColtsŐ offense to 28.6 points per game last season, sixth-best in the league. The Colts also have the luxury of being in one of the weakest divisions in football. Tennessee and Jacksonville were a combined 5-27. The Texans were 9-7 last season, but the Colts appear ready to romp through the division again and could be in the Super Bowl if they can either avoid or defeat New England in the playoffs.

The Bad: Their 45-7 defeat at New England in the AFC Championship game was an outright disaster and had nothing whatsoever to do with the amount of air pressure in New EnglandŐs football, and more to do with the inability to deal with game pressure and a weak secondary. The Colts defense was 19th overall and that needs to change.

Outlook: The return of Robert Mathis to the defense and the fact that Indy used four of their first five draft picks to grab defensive players shows they know where they need to improve. The offense is clearly one of the best in the NFL and Andrew Luck will win more games with his feet than people expect. Colts could go all the way in 2015.

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Houston Texans

2014 Record: 9-7

2015 Expected Finish: 9-7

The Good: The Texans went 9-7 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB. Houston allowed 19.2 ppg, seventh in the NFL. J.J. Watt is a human highlight film on defense.

The Bad: Brian Hoyer (from Cleveland) appears to have the inside track as the 2015 starting QB. Houston has a solid rushing attack, but theyŐre deficient in the passing game.

Outlook: Another 9-7 season in Houston is about all one can expect from this group. The defense canŐt be expected to win all games, but the onus is on them. Houston drafted a couple of promising receivers in Jaelen Strong (AZST) and Kieth Mumphrey (Michigan State), but whoŐs going to get them the ball?

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Tennessee Titans

2014 Record: 2-14

2015 Expected Finish: 5-11

The Good: They won two games in 2014, but got Marcus Mariota and Dorial Green-Beckham in the draft.

The Bad: The defense was horrible, allowing 27.4 ppg in 2014, and there havenŐt been notable additions to address their deficiencies.

Outlook: Mariota is expected to be the starting QB and that should bring in the fans, but his style of play may lead to injuries. HeŐs not a traditional stop-back QB and depends on running the spread option he learned at Oregon. Fans can expect a faster pace of play, but also a huge number of turnovers and losses.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2014 Record: 3-13

2015 Expected Finish: 5-11

The Good: Blake Bortles is surely the future for the franchise as their starting QB.

The Bad: Bortles was just 3-11 as the Jaguar starter last season.

Outlook: There are too many holes to plug in the Jacksonville roster for the Jaguars to expect anything better than a .500 season, which would be a huge success. Reality is that the offense only produced 15.6 points per game in 2014 and was last in the league. This is a team that needs to learn how to walk before running.

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