Can the Indianapolis Colts Win the AFC South?

By EJ Mckinley
Brian Spurlock – USA Today Sports

The Indianapolis Colts were kings who sat atop their throne in the kingdom of the AFC South for many years. When quarterback Peyton Manning was out for the entire 2011 season, they went 2-14 and weren’t within a whisper of winning the division for the first time in more than 10 years. The Houston Texans, who are also in the division, were finally able to sit atop the AFC South after being so close for many years. The Colts didn’t win the division in 2012, but they did make the Wild Card slot in the playoffs. Can the Colts finally get atop the division again in 2o13?

The easiest team for the Colts to beat in the AFC South is the Jacksonville Jaguars, as they are probably the worst team in the NFL. The Colts play them first, in between two brutal matchups against the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. They also play them in Jacksonville, so everything is in the Jaguars favor. However, the Jaguars simply don’t have the talent to beat the Colts, or anyone else in the division for that matter.

The Tennessee Titans are going to be a mild test for the Colts. The Titans should have somewhere between six and eight wins this season, but the Titans lack a solid passing attack, consistent receivers and have some gaping holes all over the defense. They are a big wild card team; you’re not sure what you’re going to get with them. The Colts play them during a slate of easy games and should defeat them with relative ease.

The Colts have to get past the Texans if they expect to win the AFC South. The Texans made some nice additions in the offseason and should be even better than last year. The Colts will have an uphill battle to take down the Texans, but if they keep down their turnovers they can beat them. The Texans will win a lot of games, so the Colts have to try to keep up with them. If they do that, they’ll have a chance at winning the AFC South.

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