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AFC Playoff Preview: How will the Chargers fit in?

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack with defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Defensive end Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his sack with defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers stands on the sideline during a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers stands on the sideline during a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Playoff picture: AFC South, part one

First up in the South is the Colts. Although the Andrew Luck retirement was a brutal blow to the team’s postseason hopes, they do have a very good head coach and staff, a great offensive line and very solid weapons to surround their new starting quarterback Jacoby Brisset.

There has also been a lot of positive training camp buzz surrounding Brissett. Their schedule is manageable enough that they should stay competitive for most of the season. However, their final three games do them no favors as they face three very tough opponents in the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonvile Jaguars. They should be able to win seven or eight games.

The Titans simply have a quarterback problem, which severely limits their ceiling. Marcus Mariota cannot seem to stay healthy. The team has replaced backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert with Ryan Tannehill and he has looked sharp in the preseason.

But it hardly seems like they currently have their franchise quarterback on their roster. That being said, they did manage to go 9-7 last season. Head coach Mike Vrabel has instilled a very tough culture in Tennessee, but until they get a reliable franchise quarterback don’t expect them to be true playoff contenders. Vrabel should be able to guide the team to a respectable eight-win season, just missing out on the playoffs.

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