- Mike Wells, ESPN Staff Writer
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A legitimate argument could be made that the AFC South was the weakest division in the NFL this season after the Houston Texans fell flat on their face by going 2-14 despite having some of league’s most talented players. I personally thought it was the worst division in the league this season.
The Indianapolis Colts took advantage of the opportunity to go a perfect 6-0 in the division during their 11-5 season.
Per Pro Football Focus’ All-AFC South Team, the Colts had seven of the best 26 players in the division on offense and defense.
Quarterback Andrew Luck, receiver T.Y. Hilton, and linebackers Robert Mathis and Jerrell Freeman, were easy picks to make the team. Cornerback Vontae Davis, guard Gosdar Cherilus, and special teams standout Kavell Conner also made the team.
Here are some tidbits on what writer Khaled Elsayed said about each Colt named to the team:
On Luck: “2013 was a step forward for Luck in a year where the rest of the AFC South was left with some serious questions at the quarterback spot. He’s still far too streaky and the team would like for him to take less time to get going (part of making a comeback is falling behind after all), but he’s a real playmaker at the QB spot who overcame an, at times, non-existent ground game and the loss of his favorite weapon.”
On Hilton: “On the outside the speedy Hilton had the eighth-most deep catches as he showed himself to be a field-stretcher.”
On Mathis: “Colts’ outside linebacker Robert Mathis no longer lives in the shadow of Dwight Freeney. He’s not the most consistent getter of pressure, but no pass-rusher creates turnovers like he does.”
On Freeman: “A trio that doesn’t exactly excite. Freeman made his share of plays.”
On Davis: “One of the more stacked positions in the division with Alan Ball and Jason McCourty both having cases to make this team. As is, Davis was the first choice with some big games leading the way.”
On Cherilus: “Cherilus was definitely an upgrade for the Colts, if not completely worth the money.”
On Conner: “Only Darrell Stuckey could match his grade for work on kickoffs. Tackle numbers aren’t everything with how he operates.”
ESPN.com ran its All-AFC South team this month.
The Colts had six players on that team, which didn’t have a special teamer. Colts tight end Coby Fleener made the ESPN.com team, and Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner and McCourty were the two cornerbacks selected.
A legitimate argument could be made that the AFC South was the weakest division in the NFL this season after the Houston Texans fell flat on their face by going 2-14 despite having some of league’s most talented players.