The AFC South is composed of the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans. This is a division had been ruled year after year by the Colts. Since the loss of the great Peyton Manning, Indy struggled to last place and the first pick in this year’s draft. This made way for the Texans to become division champs and recipients of their first playoff appearance in team history. The Jags surprisingly cut fan favorite, David Garrard, and their best player Maurice Jones-Drew played frustrated as his team once again played terribly. The Titans also followed the same path, as All Pro RB Chris Johnson held out and had his worst season. This season brings the arrival for Andrew Luck to the division and the departure of Mario Williams to the Buffalo Bills, and the AFC South may be the worst division in the NFL.
Division Superstars: Maurice Jones-Drew=fantasy football success! Monster WR Andre Johnson is in this division along with teammates Arian Foster. After all of the drama, it will be interesting to see if Andrew Luck keeps Indy on the map. Finally, we all hope Chris Johnson returns to his CJ2K days this season.
Bad Blood in this Division: For years everyone was chasing Peyton Manning and the Colts. Nowadays it seems like the division is up for grabs with Houston leading the way. I will miss the showdowns between Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan and Houston’s Andre Johnson. That fight between them may be the best fight on the field since Deion Sanders and Andre Rison wailed off against each other. But now, this division is boring, with every team (except maybe the Texans)trying to find some sense of identity. Maybe some bad blood will develop as these teams try to carve out a spot in NFL relevancy.
Ranking Last Season: Houston Texans (10-6); Tennessee Titans (9-7); Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11); and Indianapolis Colts (2-14)
2012 Division Showdowns: Week 2 Houston at Jacksonville, Week 3 Jacksonville and Indianapolis, Week 4 Tennessee at Houston, Week 8 Indianapolis at Tennessee, Week 10 Indianapolis at Jacksonville, Week 11 Jacksonville at Houston, Week 12 Tennessee at Jacksonville, Week 13 Houston at Tennessee, Week 14 Tennessee at Indianapolis, Week 15 Indianapolis at Houston, Week 17 Jacksonville at Tennessee AND Houston at Indianapolis