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NFL Kickoff: The 2020 AFC South

Take a look at the AFC South. A division that in the past has been the Colts dominated but as of recent has been a toss up.

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NFL Kickoff: The 2020 AFC South

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The status of the 2020 NFL Season seemed to hang in the air, drifting wide of the uprights for months. As we all watched with bated breath as the league hurdled towards disaster, the league sat back and came up with a plan of changes to ensure that players and coaches remain safe and healthy.

The NFL miraculously split the uprights and now we’re playing football in 2020.

So we’re looking at each of the NFL divisions and diving into how they fit into the new NFL landscape and how they’ve spent the offseason prepping for a run at the Lombardi trophy this season.

Let’s dive right in and talk about the AFC South.

This is one tricky division, full of questions with every team. A division that in the past has been the Colts dominated but lately has been a toss-up. This year, your guess is as good as mine.

The Jacksonville Jaguars – 6-10 in 2019

Coming off of a 6-10 season, I give the Jags about a 3% chance at winning the division. They are in clear tank mode and are in hot pursuit of Trevor Lawrence, Clemson’s star quarterback. The only way the Jags can come out on top is if Minshew Magic is a real thing. Do you believe?

Let me just say that the 2020 season has already been the longest in recent history for the Jags and their fans. Absolutely purging the roster and turning disgruntled players into 2nd and 5th-round picks. Letting their Tim Duncan running back Leonard Fournette go to the Super Bowl favorites FOR FREE! Loaded with young talent and 16 rookies on the active roster, look for flashes of talent. Even with young talent all around, losing the likes of Bouye, Campbell, Ngakoue, Fournette among others. Likely 3-13 season is ahead. Tom Coughlin is out and Jay Gruden is in…. weird.

The Indianapolis Colts – 7-9 in 2019

This is where the AFC South starts to get a little hairy. Newcomer to the division, but old-timer to the league, Philip Rivers looks to bring the Colts just a few more wins than he has children. They could also lose as many because Rivers tends to throw a few more interceptions than he has children. Phillip Rivers has 9 children in case you weren’t familiar.

I’m predicting this Colts team to actually struggle a bit, and that Rivers is not the short-term answer to last season’s sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. The addition of DeForest Buckner will make this defense a force, but in a conference with Derrick Henry and Deshaun Watson… I don’t see much chance at anything more than 7-9 season, and wishing they went Cam Newton instead of Old Man Rivers.

The Tennessee Titans – 9-7 in 2019

Derrick Henry may be the reason the Titans see some major success. Ryan Tannehill may be the reason the Titans have limited success. It’s not the greatest idea that your QB is your weakest position, to be truthful I’m just nitpicking. I think Tannehill will excel in this offense with dynamic players.

The Titans have potential All-Pros at the skill positions. AJ Brown, Derrick Henry, and Jonnu Smith, who will be one of the best TEs in football, maybe not All-Pro, but he may surprise some folks. Oh man, we forgot to mention the addition of Jadeveon Clowney on a 1-year 12-15 Million dollar deal. This team has all the intangibles it takes to win a Super Bowl. Even the Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is on his way to being a Super Bowl-caliber coach. I see the Titans going 12-4 and making a strong push at the Super Bowl. Unless, the Ravens have anything to say about home-field advantage.

The Houston Texans – 10-6 in 2019

Bill O’Brien makes me nervous for the Texans. Something about him I just can’t trust. In a game of organized chaos, he seems like the kind of coach who could implode at any moment. The crazy part is, he has so much control of the team with the GM title under his belt too. The fate of the Texans truly lies in O’Brien’s hands.

With current superstar wide receiver Deandre Hopkins and past superstar running back David Johnson swapping places for a second and a couple of fourths, you get a bit worried about the stability of the Franchise. Nonetheless, they push forward with the talent they have in-house.

The Texans still have very dangerous receivers such as Will Fuller looking to have a big year. Deshaun Watson remains the most dangerous QB in the division and will be for the next few years. Houston also has a stable of running backs to keep teams honest. You shouldn’t see a huge fall-off in Deshaun’s game even with the departure of Hopkins. I see the Texans remaining 10-6 and once again out in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Division Winner: The Tennessee Titans

The Titans will win the division and will be consistent throughout the season. Nobody will slow down Henry and Nashville will be rocking home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. At least this is the way I see it. Any team could really grab this division though. However, the Titans look like the strongest team especially with the late addition of Jadeveon Clowney.

Baltimore made me. Duval raised me. New York saved me. I'm a Jags fan for life and don't ever disrespect it. I'm Duval Til' We Die #DTWD. Florida Gators over everybody. Dodgers to win it all. Since moving to NYC I have become a Brooklyn Nets fan and am still trying to pick a hockey team. Those are my main rooting interest. I'm the head NFL Writer for the Turf. You can also catch me on Amplified Network where I co-host a podcast called "60 minute suspension" highlighting all off field activity covering all sports. I'm also a very big hip hop fan. You may find some rhymes from my favorite songs in my writing.

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