The Jaguars came within a few plays of making the Super Bowl last season. With the bar of expectation now set so high, is Jacksonville ready to take the next step with maligned Quarterback Blake Bortles at the helm or can Deshaun Watson, Marcus Mariota or Andrew Luck lead their teams back to the top of the division?
Jacksonville returns a fully loaded roster that made it to the AFC Championship game last year. With a bevy of young Pro Bowl players who still have room to get better, the big question mark is Quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jaguars passing game.
Despite an inconsistent year from 3rd year Quarterback Marcus Mariota last season, the Titans clawed their way into the Playoffs and pulled off an impressive Wild Card win on the road at Kansas City. After a strong off season, Tennessee is in position to go even further if Marcus Mariota is ready to take them there.
Injuries took the heart and soul away from Houston by the midway point last year. Both the teams leader in J.J. Watt, along with linebacker Whitney Mercilus went down for the season in a Week 5 loss to Kansas City, while rookie phenom, Quarterback Deshaun Waston went down for the year after an ACL injury at practice in early November. With all 3 returning, can Houston challenge for the division title?
Once upon a time back in 2012-2014, the Indianapolis Colts emerged as a perennial power house and Super Bowl contender behind the arm of franchise Quarterback Andrew Luck. However a weak roster, including a suspect offensive line, led to Luck getting injured and missing close to 2 years of action. As he's set to return this season, is Luck's arm alone still enough to lead Indy back into the Playoffs?