Defending AFC South Champion Colts Again Team to Beat in 2014

By: Monte Scates | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
AFC South

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 games.

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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...

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
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.

TENNSESSEE TITANS
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 Whisenhunt.

HOUSTON TEXANS
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.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
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.


 
 
 
 
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