BetOnline odds Updated: September 2018
Odds to win the AFC south division: +175
The Houston Texans have won back-to-back division titles and will likely boast the NFL’s best defense in 2017. Defensive end and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt returns after missing most of last season with a back injury. Teamed with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus, there may not be a better defensive line in the league. What will the Texans do on offense though? Quarterback Brock Osweiler was traded to Cleveland leaving Tom Savage as the heir apparent. Houston did draft former Clemson star Deshaun Watson, but starting a rookie quarterback and expecting to get to the postseason is wishful thinking. Head coach Bill O’Brien’s defense will keep the Texans in the hunt despite the offense.
Odds to win the AFC south division: +450
The Indianapolis Colts are in need of some serious defensive help. They ranked 30th out of 32 teams in yards allowed in 2016. New general manager Chris Ballard tried to take care of that problem by drafting safety Malik Hooker and CB Quincy Wilson. If the Colts defense improves, the offense is in good hands. Quarterback Andrew Luck is one of the league’s best young signal callers. The Indy offense will go as he goes. Luck did miss some time last year, but he should be healthy enough to lead the Colts back into the thick of the division race.
Odds to win the AFC south division: +200
Jacksonville seems to always be on the brink of something. That something does not rhyme with winning. The Jaguars hired former coach Tom Coughlin to serve as the team’s GM. One of the first moves was to shore up a defense that is woeful at best. The Jags signed S Barry Church and CB A.J. Bouye for help in the secondary and defensive lineman Calais Campbell to help the pass rush. Quarterback Blake Bortles lights the world on fire at times, but others he is less than desirable. In the past three seasons, Bortles has thrown 51 interceptions. That is something a championship quarterback cannot do.
Odds to win the AFC south division: +350
The big surprise in the division this season is likely to come from the Tennessee Titans. Last year was just the Titans second winning season in the past eight years. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is on the verge of becoming one of the league’s best and the Titans running game is strong. Tennessee’s front seven makes up for a mediocre secondary, but the Titans will be right in the thick of things with Houston and Indianapolis. In the end, the difference between Houston and Tennessee comes down to quarterback and the offense. Advantage Tennessee.
AFC South Prediction: Tennessee
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