2018 NFL Forecast: AFC South Roundtable Odgovori

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    With three legitimate postseason contenders Authentic Tavon Young Jersey , the AFC South is primed to be among the top divisions in the league next season. In 2017, it finally came together for Jacksonville, they won the division with 10 wins and were a few plays away from representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. Tennessee also made the playoffs and advanced to the divisional round, but Houston’s season was completely derailed by injuries to most of their top players.Over the last decade, Indianapolis and Houston have led the division with four titles apiece. The Colts appear to be stuck in rebuild mode, nonetheless, expect an absolute dogfight in 2018 between the three other talented teams. Vasilis’ Predictions:1. Jacksonville JaguarsIt all begins on defense for the Jaguars. The additions of Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye helped produce the league’s top ranked pass defense last season. Jacksonville fields elite defensive talent at every level, including Malik Jackson, Telvin Smith, Myles Jack and Jalen Ramsey. Barring injury, the defense should continue to dominate. On the offensive side of the ball, they replaced Allen Robinson with receiver Donte Moncrief and their marquee addition was Andrew Norwell, who should solidify a physical offensive line. Leonard Fournette will carry the load as a workhorse back. Still, a big question remains - can the mediocre Blake Bortles quarterback Jacksonville to a championship?2. Tennessee TitansNot content to rest on their laurels, Tennessee hired Mike Vrabel as head coach, Matt LaFleur as offensive coordinator and Dean Pees as defensive coordinator. On paper their team is much improved. Dion Lewis was signed to provide lightning to Derrick Henry’s thunder behind a stout offensive line. Marcus Mariota is hoping second-year receiver Corey Davis can take the next step as a field stretcher to complement steady tight end Delanie Walker. The Titans concentrated most of their draft capital on their defense, picking plug and play linebacker Rashaan Evans as well as polished pass rusher Harold Landry. They will bolster an already imposing front that features Pro Bowl tackle Jurrell Casey. And cornerback Malcolm Butler joins Logan Ryan, Adoree’ Jackson and All-Pro safety Kevin Byard in the secondary. One way or another, Tennessee is poised for a deep playoff run.3. Houston TexansBill O’Brien has a top heavy roster. Tyran Mathieu will come in to play safety behind a hopefully healthy J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. The Texans may field the best linebacking corps in the league with Benardrick McKinney, Jadeveon Clowney and Zach Cunningham. Yet it remains to be seen if Deshaun Watson can repeat his rookie performance behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Watson will rely heavily upon premier wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans season will likely hinge on the health of their star pass rushers.4. Indianapolis ColtsWith or without Andrew Luck, new head coach Frank Reich has his work cut out for him. There is only so much a franchise quarterback can do with a sub par supporting cast. Indy drafted generational guard Quenton Nelson to pair with Anthony Castonzo on what should be a solid left side of the line. Ryan Grant was signed to play alongside T.Y. Hilton, tight end Eric Ebron was acquired and Marlon Mack could be in-line for a breakout sophomore season. Still, the Colts 30th ranked defense remains a major liability. Ballhawking safety Malik Hooker is perhaps their only above average defender. Reich may need several seasons to right the ship in Indianapolis.Sage’s Predictions:1. Jacksonville JaguarsRavens fans know all too well how imposing Jacksonville’s defense was in 2017, as Baltimore suffered an embarrassing 44-7 Week 3 loss in London last year. A