1. Indianapolis Colts– Andrew Luck has made the Colts relevant once again and he’s become one of the best quarterbacks in the game. After losing to New England the last two years in the playoffs, the Colts had to bolster their team. This off-season, they signed Frank Gore, Andre Johnson and Trent Cole. With Robert Mathis also coming back, the defense will be much improved. They look great on paper but you still have to step on the field and play the game.
2. Houston Texans– Although they didn’t make the playoffs, they were a much improved team all around under Bill O’Brien. A big part of that turn around was the historic season of JJ Watt who put together the best single season I’ve ever seen from a defensive player. He became the first player in NFL history with two 20 sack seasons and he was making plays on the offensive side of the football. The key for Houston this year will be a healthy Arian Foster. With Vince Wilfork now in Houston, this could be one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars– They have the talent and the pieces to win games. The only thing that goes wrong for them is the mental mistakes they make at the end of games. The Jaguars first round draft pick, Dante Fowler Jr will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL during practice and he was expected to give Jacksonville the help they needed as far as a pass rush. Year two of the Blake Bortles era is set to begin after a down rookie year in 2014.
4. Tennessee Titans– They got the guy they wanted in the draft in Marcus Mariota who they hope can become a franchise quarterback. It didn’t work out with Jake Locker who was always injured and Zach Mettenberger isn’t bad they just didn’t have the pieces to surround him with. The Titans also drafted Dorial Green-Beckham to give Mariota a nice target down the field. I’m not saying that they will make a run for the division but I do feel they will be an improved team in all phases of the game.
1. Colts (13-3)
2. Texans (9-7)
3. Titans (6-10)
4. Jaguars (4-12)
The Colts will win this division for the third straight season. Andrew Luck will continue to flourish and make plays and now they will be able to balance things out on offense with Frank Gore. Both he and Andre Johnson will bring some veteran savviness to the offensive side of the ball. The defense struggled significantly last year without Robert Mathis. Now that he’ll be back along with Trent Cole, this gives the Colts two very solid pass rushers.