ESPN Projects Surprise Winner in AFC South

Jason Schandl
ESPN's 2020 NFL season projections have a surprise winner in the AFC South.
ESPN's 2020 NFL season projections have a surprise winner in the AFC South. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

ESPN has released their official simulations and projections for the 2020 NFL season, and there are some really interesting results. Some projections, like the Kansas City Chiefs repeating as Super Bowl champions, were expected. Other have been more surprising.

In the AFC South, ESPN has the Indianapolis Colts taking a big step forward and winning the division in 2020.

The AFC South is getting some favors from schedule makers, with ESPN ranking the Colts' schedule as the easiest in the NFL, while the Tennessee Titans have the second easiest. Still, the Colts are the team projected to make best use of the easiest schedule.

Indy is projected for a division-best 8.6 wins, with a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. The Titans aren't far behind (8.4 wins, 55 percent playoff chance), but after that it's not close. The Texans are ranked 24th in the NFL (7.6 wins and 38 percent playoff chance), while the Jacksonville Jaguars are projected to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. ESPN gives them just a 4 percent chance to make the playoffs, projecting them for 4.9 wins.

Colts fans already had reason for optimism in 2020 with the addition of Philip Rivers at quarterback, and these projections are icing on the cake. The NFL season can't get here fast enough for fans in Indy.

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