It’s safe to presume the Colts, Texans and Jaguars weren’t upset to learn that Peyton Manning is heading out of the AFC South.
Indianapolis won’t have to face its former longtime icon as an opponent twice a season. And the Texans and Jaguars would choose to plan for and play Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker over Manning, for sure.
Houston will see Manning once, as Houston is the only AFC South team that has the Broncos on its schedule. The Texans will play at Denver in 2012.
While Manning sat out last season, he’s been a fixture in the division since realignment in 2002 and the division’s singular star for its entire lifespan.
His departure means there’s room at the top, and it means three teams won’t have to find a way through or around him to win their division and get into the playoffs.