NFL predictions: Which teams will top NFC and AFC?
By Brad Miller
A look at the AFC South
1. Indianapolis 10-6
2. Houston 9-7
3. Jacksonville 9-7
4. Tennessee 8-8
The return of a healthy QB Andrew Luck should cool down his cheesy commercials but should heat up the Colts’ offense. Will RB Frank Gore have enough in the tank to give Luck the time to hit wide receivers Ty Hilton and Donte Moncrief and TE Dwayne Allen.
Sounds like DE J.J. Watt will be ready to go for the first game of the season and that is awful news for the NFL. There isn’t one defensive player in the league that can take over a game like he can and look for the opposite end of the D-line, Jadeveon Clowney, to have a great season as well. Throw in that mixture and now the Texans have some firepower on offense with the likes of WR DeAndre Hopkins, Osweiler and ex-Dolphin Lamar Miller.
Jacksonville has not had this strong of a team since the Mark Brunnel days of yesteryear. QB Blake Bortles is finding his groove and has the tools to get this team back to the playoffs. The Jaguars might have the best trio of WRs in the AFC and maybe even the NFC. They are young and very talented. Allen Robinson had a huge year last seasib and should continue that this year. Allen Hurns and T.J. Yeldon will look to improve on great years as well.
Tennessee, like Jacksonville, looks ready to take the next step. QB Marcus Mariota has had a sharp preseason and the RB tandem of hungry vet DeMarco Murray and last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry, will move the Titan offense up and down the field. Look for LB Brian Orakpo to have a good season this year.
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