The NFL has a number of storylines as we head toward the season’s opening kickoff. That does not even include the New Orleans Saints, we are talking about the storylines for the AFC South with the new looks that will be shaping up. At Indianapolis, Peyton Manning is gone and his replacement, Andrew Luck must prove his muster if he expects to fill the huge shoes left behind by Manning.
Quarterback issues also haunt the other three team in the division the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. Houston will look forward to getting Matt Schaub back behind center following a season that was cut short due to injury. Both Tennessee and Jacksonville hope that Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert mature quicker than what is expected of them or what critics think.
The Texans lost Mario Williams their all pro defensive lineman to free agency. They will be relying more this season on the defensive playbook of Wade Phillips their defensive coordinator.
Since the AFC South became a division in 2002, it had been ruled by the home team. Home team member of the division are 63-44-1 ATS, with a second half of the season record of 37-20-1 ATS. This season the non-conference matchup for the AFC South is the NFC North. The AFC South has ruled the NFC North with a record of 12-5 ATS and 14-3 SU since 2002. It gets even better when the South is coming off a loss, as they are 8-0 ATS and SU following a loss.
The Texans should take the division, as the other teams try to get accustomed to their quarterbacks. Schaub is coming off an injury but he is known by his teammates and respected by them. Last year the three best players on the team – Matt Schaub, Mario Williams and Andre Johnson – missed 26 combined games out of 48. The team still managed to be ranked second on defense and second running the ball.