AFC teams that will struggle the most in 2012

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Finding success in the NFL as an AFC team has proven to be difficult in recent years, with the NFC having won three of the last four Super Bowls. In addition to trying to simply beat an NFC team to win the Super Bowl, AFC teams seeking greatness also have to prove themselves against an AFC conference that is still as tough as ever. 2012 will see a mix of new faces join the fray and attempt to compete in the conference.

For these three teams, though, that will be no easy task. The year-to-year turnover on an NFL roster can be daunting, as can the progression or regression of individual players. These teams have their work cut out for them in 2012.

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Indianapolis Colts

From 2000 to 2009, the Indianapolis Colts set the mark for the most wins in a decade by an NFL team. With 115 victories in the regular season during this period and the leadership future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, the Colts were one of the pillars of the NFL. Things change, though, and no team looks as likely to struggle throughout 2012 as the Colts.

The Colts now find themselves embarking on a season that is scattered with question marks. Andrew Luck is the successor to Peyton Manning, and he’ll be surrounded by a cast of new Colts that looks very dissimilar to the Colts that used to dominate the AFC South. Mainstays such as Dallas Clark and Gary Brackett are gone. With so much turnover on the roster and such a young squad, the 2012 Colts are going to struggle to find any real consistency. Read more here…

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