Earlier today, Weston asked you to cast your ballot on the issue of whether your Houston Texans would win the AFC South. This post is a wee bit different.
Each of the four AFC South teams has played five games thus far. I don’t want to know which team you believe will emerge triumphant at season’s end. I want to know which AFC South team you believe is currently (1) the best and (2) the worst in the division.
I’ll take the second part of that question first. Without Andrew Luck, I don’t think there’s much debate that the Indianapolis Colts are the worst team in the division at the moment. Frankly, the Colts may still be the worst team in the AFC South even when Andrew Luck returns, and I say that as someone who loves him some Luck.
In terms of the best team in the division entering Week Six, it’s a much tougher call. I think we can eliminate the Titans from the conversation at the moment based upon the ignoble thrashing the Texans laid upon Tennessee less than two weeks ago. That leaves us with the Jaguars and the Texans.
On one hand, the Jaguars manhandled the Texans in Week One. On the other hand, that was before Deshaun Watson became the Texans’ starting quarterback and thus before Bill O’Brien’s offense rose from the ashes like a phoenix. Then again, the Texans are now sans Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt for the next eleven games, so how much will the defense fade in the coming weeks? Of course, the Jaguars still feature Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, so can they really be taken seriously, even with that nasty defense and running game?
It’s a close call. For now, I’d say this accurately ranks the current state of the AFC South:
What say you?