NFL Season Preview: Indiana Colts Favorite For AFC South
At -125 to win the division, the Indianapolis Colts are a pretty big favorite to win the AFC South this season.
After not making the playoffs last season on the final day of the year the Indianapolis Colts with their new quarterback and same rugged defense are favored to win the AFC South this year.
That may be a tough pill for the Tennessee Titans to swallow as they were the number one seed in the AFC last season with the best record in the conference, only to end up losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in the post-season. While Jacksonville may be a team of the future and Houston seems like its best days are seasons from now, it looks like the AFC South is going to be a two-team race for the entire season.
Eyes on Ryan, Taylor
It’s going on four seasons since the Colts last won a playoff game even though expectations were high in previous seasons, however, the revolving door of quarterbacks the last few seasons has possibly been the difference in reaching the team’s goals.
Now, new quarterback Matt Ryan takes over after 14 years in Atlanta. His accolades include an MVP title under his belt and a trip to the Super Bowl. At +2500 to win the Super Bowl, expectations are high in Indianapolis, the question remains how quickly it will take for Ryan to adjust to his new toys in Indianapolis.
The emergence of Jonathan Taylor as an elite running back also helps Indiana get an edge in the division.
Titans Still Strong
Led by running back Derrick Henry, the Tennessee Titans are looking to build off their incredible regular season from last year. Henry and Ryan are considered two of the best backs in all of football. It should make an interesting matchup when they take the field in the same division this season.
At +150 to win their division and +3000 to win the Super Bowl, the Titans make for an interesting play this season as they likely will be in the playoffs, and it’s doubtful their odds will be this long as the season progresses.
Last season, the Titans finished with the best record in the AFC, earning the number one seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Titans were unable to capitalize on this. They lost their opening round matchup to the eventual AFC Champions, the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bad News, Florida, Texas
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the third-best odds to win the AFC South, but at +700, they are hardly expected to challenge for the division crown.
New head coach and former Super Bowl winning coach Doug Pederson takes over after the unsuccessful season with Urban Meyer. Former number one pick Trevor Lawrence enters season number two but at +10000 to win the Super Bowl, the odds would suggest while they may be better than last year, the Jaguars are not going to contend for any titles this year.
At +2800 to win the division, the Houston Texans have the longest odds of any team in football to win their division. Sitting at +17500, they also are the biggest longshot to win the Super Bowl.
The rebuilding is on in Houston as they begin life in search of a number one pick to turn the franchise’s fortunes around.
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