Split decision for division crown
Houston has a more complete team. The Texans are one of the oldest teams in the league and have a defense that should be a difference maker. They have continuity among the players and the coaching staff.
Concern about Texans backfield
It's hard to knock the Texans' roster overall, even if it's not the youngest group in the world. My prediction of a 9-7 record is more about the reality of playoff turnover every year. On average, six new NFL teams make it ever year. Last year was an exception, but I try to make sure to predict at least five new playoff teams each season.
Making the case for Tennessee
Making the case against the Titans is easy. Their overall defensive talent is average at best, and they are relying on growth from a scattershot young quarterback to carry an intriguing boom-or-bust collection of skill-position players.
The case for the Titans, made by Chris Wesseling on the podcast, starts with the offensive line. A weakness for the team last year could turn into a strength with free-agent pickup Andy Levitre and No. 10 overall draft pick Chance Warmack added to the mix. All four of us had the Titans in third place, but no one had them with a winning record.