The AFC South

Who Will Win The AFC South?

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By Andy Davies December 17, 2020 0 Comment
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The AFC South is a very top-heavy division. Both the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are 9-4. Meanwhile, the Houston Texans are 4-9 and the Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-12.

The Colts and Titans are both battling it out for that top seed in the division. With the ninth seed just one win behind both Tennessee and Indianapolis, there is no guarantee both teams will make the postseason.

So who will take the division in the AFC South?

The Argument For Indianapolis

On paper, the Colts have the favorable remaining schedule.

Indianapolis’ remaining opponents are the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. They have a combined record of 16-23 this season.

Tennessee’s final three opponents are the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Texans. They have a combined record this season of 19-20.

The Colts have an elite defense and arguably the best offensive lineman in football in Quenton Nelson. Indianapolis has allowed the sixth-fewest total yards this season. This will help them against the likes of Pittsburgh, who have struggled on offense during their last two games which have both ended in losses.

There is a feeling that Indianapolis is catching Pittsburgh at the right time. The Steelers were 11-0 and being talked about as going the whole season unbeaten. This has quickly evaporated and it seems that both the Steelers and Seattle Seahawks may have peaked too early.

This is a huge opportunity to get a win in their hunt for the division in what is the hardest game on paper. Pittsburgh’s unbeaten season ended with the Washington Football Team, who have allowed the fourth-fewest total yards this season. However, they also lost to the team with the 20th fewest yards in the league in the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Frank Reich has also proved his coaching talent both at Indianapolis and when he was the offensive coordinator during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning season.

This gives hope to the Colts.

The Argument For Tennessee

Tennessee has the better talent on offense than Indianapolis.

Whilst the Colts have a defense that can win them games, their quarterback in Phillip Rivers has blown hot and cold.

Rookies Michael Pittman and Jonathan Taylor have shown glimpses but not enough to scare oppositions.

Meanwhile, the Titans have an offense that can worry any team.

A.J. Brown recorded one of the best touchdowns catches of the season, with a spectacular one-handed catch in the 31-10 win over the Jaguars.

He suffered an injury in the same game and is questionable for the clash with Detroit on Sunday.

If he is to recover, he will be a welcome addition back to the offense.

His involvement will ease the load on running back Derrick Henry, who continues to stake his claim as one of the best running backs in the NFL.

At 6 foot 3 and 247 pounds, Henry is a physical specimen.

2019’s rushing yards leader leads the league in rushing yards once again (1,532). Henry is also tied for the lead in rushing touchdowns this season (14).

Only five quarterbacks have thrown for more touchdown passes than Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The former Miami Dolphin has thrown for 28 touchdowns, 3,209 yards, and just 5 interceptions this season.

Head coach Mike Vrabel has proved to be one of the best young coaches in the league.

Who Will Win The AFC South?

Both teams have similar schedules down the final stretch. Tennessee and Indianapolis have two winnable fixtures and one tough matchup.

The Colts have a better chance of winning the tough fixture, with the Steelers in bad form and the Packers the favorites to be the number one seed in the NFC.

This would mean that the Colts would win the AFC South and the Titans would face the wildcard weekend.

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