2013 AFC South Preview
J.J. Watt says this is the year for the Texans to reach the Super Bowl. The post-Peyton Manning era Colts are aiming high as well. Jacksonville and Tennessee are just looking to be relevant. Here is an AFC South preview:
Player to watch: T.Y. Hilton. With Reggie Wayne getting up there in years, T.Y. Hilton is the next Colts receiver in line. He is the perfect blend of speed and athleticism and his hands were improved as last year went on. He had over 800 yards receiving in 2012 and has Andrew Luck throwing him the ball. Now he just needs to be more of a force in the red zone. Another classic example of NFL receivers who are taken late from small schools making it to the big stage (2012 3rd round, Florida International).
Aging Texans. This team has talent and the names. But they have questions about the age of this team and constant injuries that nag every year. Arian Foster, who the Texans need most because they run the football and do a lot of play action, seems to get banged-up every year. His health is crucial if Houston is to win this division and make a run at the Super Bowl that Watt has talked about.
Don’t remember the Titans. But in a few years, we may remember this offensive line. It is better. Chance Warmack was an outstanding pick at #10. He played big time football at Alabama and won multiple national titles. He is mechanically ready right now to start in the NFL for years.
Why have the Jaguars play? No quarterback. No pass rush. No coverage. No playmakers. No fans. Why is this team even in the league again?
Projected records: Colts: 11-5 (division winner). Texans: 10-6. Titans: 6-10. Jaguars: 3-13.
Who do you think will win the AFC South? Vote here: http://1045theteam.com/who-will-win-the-afc-south-in-2013-poll/
By: Mike Lindsley, “Mid-Day with Mike,” M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/MikeLSports.