1. Houston Texans (9-7): For the first time since 2012, the Houston Texans were champions of the AFC South and they were heavy underdogs coming into the 2015 season. Life after Andre Johnson began and DeAndre Hopkins became a star in front of our eyes as he emerged as the Texans number one receiver. It wasn’t an easy start for them to begin the season and after a blow out handed to them by Miami, many threw the towel in on the Houston Texans. After that game, they won four in a row including a win over then undefeated Cincinnati. Houston also got their first ever win as a franchise in Indianapolis. The season ended on a sour note as they were shut out by the Chiefs in the Wild Card round and Hoyer threw four interceptions. J.J. Watt led the league in sacks once again and took home his second straight defensive MVP and third overall in his career.
2. Indianapolis Colts (8-8): After being eliminated by the Patriots once again in the playoffs, the Colts knew they had to make some moves to get them past the team that has eliminated them the last two years. They signed Andre Johnson away from Houston and got Frank Gore in free agency. Would this be the year where the Colts dominate the AFC? Indy struggled to get above .500 throughout the season. The offense was inconsistent and they would end up firing Pep Hamiliton, their offensive coordinator during the season. Another big issue was the Colts defense. They were the softest unit in the league. It was just a bad year all around for the Colts. Andrew Luck had to miss the rest of the year with a lacerated kidney, then his back up Matt Hasselbeck went down with an injury. A year of high expectations turned into a nightmare as the Colts missed the playoffs for the first time since drafting Andrew Luck.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Blake Bortles simply improved in 2015 and he matured into a young and disciplined NFL quarterback. The Jaguars offense was actually pretty fun to watch. Blake was firing the ball down the field and Allen Robinson was becoming a top target of his. The future is bright for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They have their franchise quarterback, a wide receiver who’s capable of making plays and their defense can be something special. Let’s remember that their first round pick from last year, Dante Fowler Jr and with him coming back, he will give them that pass rush up front.
4. Tennessee Titans (3-13): Ken Whisenhunt was the second coach fired during the season last year behind Joe Philbin. The Titans are rebuilding right now and they feel they have their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota and a nice target on the outside in Dorial Green-beckham at wide receiver. The Titans had several issues in 2015. One was their defense and the lack of a pass rush and they would struggle to protect Mariota. When the draft arrives in April, all eyes will be on the Titans as they have the first pick.