Defending AFC South Champion Colts Again Team to Beat in 2014
By: Monte Scates
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Colts 4/7 Favorites to Win Second Straight AFC South Title.
The AFC South division as a whole has been a bit of a
disappointment in recent years, but there is a team in the division that has a
legit shot at making the Super Bowl. This division seems like a one-horse race,
and should Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck remain healthy, they
could run away with it and hide early with a chance to host multiple playoff
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Let's take a
look at the NFL future odds for the AFC South from the LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas as well as some of the offseason changes made by each team...
Super Bowl Odds: 18/1
AFC Title Odds: 8/1
AFC South Odds: 4/7
O/U Win Total: 9.5
The Colts very quietly put together some good talent on
their roster in the offseason. They added Hakeem Nicks and a rookie in Donte
Moncrief at wide receiver to go along with speedster T.Y Hilton and veteran Reggie
Wayne, who is returning from an ACL injury. Defensively, the addition of
D'Qwell Jackson at linebacker will help a group that struggled last season.
Expect quarterback Andrew Luck to continue improving, and Indy to be the class
of this division.
Super Bowl Odds: 100/1
AFC Title Odds: 50/1
AFC South Odds: 5/1
O/U Win Total: 7 OVER -130
The Titans lost some key players in free agency this
offseason, including franchise running back Chris Johnson (New York Jets) and
2013 Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro cornerback Alterraun Verner (Tampa
Bay Buccaners). Replacing that type of talent will be difficult, and they must
also get better play out of QB Jake Locker, who could be in his last season
with Tennessee if he does not improve under first-year head coach Ken
Super Bowl Odds: 25/1
AFC Title Odds: 12/1
AFC South Odds: 5/2
O/U Win Total: 7.5 over -155
The Texans took a big step back last season, finishing with
the worst record in the league to earn them the first pick in the draft. They
took defensive end Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina and will pair him with
J.J. Watt, who is considered by many as the best defensive lineman in the league.
Houston will definitely need Ryan Fitzpatrick to produce at QB this season,
which is asking a lot based on what we
have seen from him over the course of his NFL career. Expect this team to be
better under first-year head coach Bill O'Brien but still not good enough to
dethrone Indianapolis for the division crown.
Super Bowl Odds: 200/1
AFC Title Odds: 100/1
AFC South Odds: 18/1
O/U Win Total: 5 OVER -145
The Jaguars really been without a lot of talent at many key
positions on the field in recent years, but they have done a good job this
offseason at trying to address many of the spots. Receiver was actually one
area they had a major talent including Justin Blackmon, but he is not part of
the equation after being suspended for substance abuse issues. Jacksonville
still addressed that need by adding two rookies in Marqise Lee out of USC and
Allen Robinson from Penn State to help there. The Jags also added rookie QB
Blake Bortles, who will not be rushed along and is considered to be the future
face of the franchise. Don't expect much this season, but Jacksonville appears
headed in the right direction.