2011 NFL Previews by Division: AFC South

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2011 NFL Previews by Division: AFC South
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Peyton Manning has been the face of the AFC South since the 2002 realignment

I outlined how much the division rivals hate the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers for their dominance of their division In my AFC North preview. (A link there will take you to an AFC East preview, and the following one to the AFC West preview.)

Some of their dominance predated the realignment in 2002. But what the Indianapolis Colts lack in long-term preeminence within their division, they make up for in total control.

The Colts have won this division in six of its nine years, made its only two Super Bowl appearances and earned its only title. They have won at least 10 games for a full decade, and in many years were four games better than the second-place team.

In those years they did not win the division, they had either an equal number or one win fewer than the Tennessee Titans. The entire rest of the division has not combined for more playoff wins than the Colts got in their one Super Bowl title season.

That is dominance.

Still, there are questions arising about the Colts and enough changes made around this division to make 2011 an interesting year to watch develop.

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