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2016 AFC South Projected Order Of Finish

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Houston Texans

2015 Record: 9-7, won AFC South

Major offseason additions: Lamar Miller (RB, Dolphins), Jeff Allen (G, Kansas City), Brock Osweiler (QB, Denver), Tony Bergstrom (C, Oakland)

Major offseason departures: Ben Jones (G, Titans), Brandon Brooks (G, Eagles)

Analysis: The Houston Texans made some splashes this season signing free agents Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler. Miller will undoubtedly be effective behind a rock solid offensive line, however Brock Osweiler may be a different story. Brock was thrust into one of the best situations possible last season when Peyton Manning went down for the Broncos. While he looked serviceable, I would be hesitant to proclaim him a long-term solution for my franchise.

2016 prediction: 8-8

While Brock Osweiler was able to get a few wins last year with the best supporting cast in football, he won’t have the best defense in the league to make up for his mistakes. The Texans have a relatively challenging schedule facing the NFC North and AFC West, a .500 record would be a big success for this squad and could possibly translate into a playoff birth.

Indianapolis Colts

2015 Record: 8-8

Major offseason additions: Ryan Kelly (C, draft), Patrick Robinson (DB, Chargers)

Major offseason departures: Coby Fleener (TE, Saints)

Analysis: The Colts didn’t make too much noise this offseason, meaning they must believe in their current squad, and it would make sense to do so. Going 8-8 last season despite starting distinguished member of the AARP, Matt Hasselbeck, for 9 of them indicates an impressive supporting cast. The loss of Coby Fleener means they will be running less two tight end sets this season which may result in a better rapport between Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen.

2016 Prediction: 10-6

Luck should bounce back this season and be able to air it out to T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief on a consistent basis. Furthermore, their defense remains an above-average unit laden with veterans. The Colts face a schedule of above-average difficulty, they should be a quality team capable of beating some solid opponents.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2015 Record: 5-11

Major offseason additions: Malik Jackson (DE, Broncos), Chris Ivory (RB, Jets), Prince Amukamara (CB, Giants), Jalen Ramsey (DB, Florida State), Myles Jack (LB, UCLA)

Major offseason departures: Toby Gerhart (RB), Zane Beadles (G), Stefen Wisniewski (C)

Analysis: The Jacksonville Jaguars made some power moves this offseason through free agency. The signing of Malik Jackson and Prince Amukamara, paired with the drafting of Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, give Jacksonville one of the youngest and most talented defensive units in the league. This could be the first year since 2010 that the Jaguars flirt with .500.

2016 Prediction: 6-10

Blake Bortles had an impressive season last year if you look at his statistics. However, most of those touchdowns and yards came in the second half of games that had already been decided. While I believe the Jaguars will improve drastically this year, they won’t be mature enough to win more than 6 games. Momentum is building in Jacksonville, and in a few years they should be able to nudge their way into the playoffs, but there won’t be any champagne-popping in this locker room during 2016.

Tennessee Titans

2015 Record: 3-13

Major offseason additions: DeMarco Murray (RB, Eagles), Ben Jones (C, Texans), Rishard Matthews (WR, Dolphins), Al Woods (DT, Titans), Rashad Johnson (DB, Cardinals), Derrick Henry (RB, draft)

Major offseason departures: Mike Martin (DT), Michael Griffin (DB), Sammie Hill (DT)

The Titans did all they could this offseason to improve. They signed two all-pro players in DeMarco Murray and Ben Jones, and drafted Derrick Henry, leading one to believe their offense should be more effective as Mariota has a year of growing pains under his belt.

2016 prediction: 4-12

The Titans‘ defense remains suspect, which will continue to be their downfall until they can address the glaring needs on that side of the ball. Mariota will provide some excitement in Tennessee from time to time, but they won’t be able to score enough points to win often. Furthermore spending a lot of money on running backs in the offseason is rarely a valuable move considering success at the tailback position is generally linked to the player’s surroundings opposed to the player him self.