NFL Future Betting Odds Give Nod To Indianapolis Colts To Claim AFC South Title

August 4, 2010-  Written By Alex

The AFC South is without a doubt the most predictable division in football in 2010. With perennial heavyweights the Indianapolis Colts still healthy, there isn’t another team in the division that can stack up with them on paper. The Houston Texans continue to be one of the league’s most shining examples of consistent improvement, and may potentially make the playoffs as a wild card if Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson can find a way to compensate for their weak rushing unit. The Tennessee Titans will continue to ride Chris Johnson for offensive production, and will attempt to challenge the Texans for the title of “second best in the AFC South.” The Jacksonville Jaguars did very little to help themselves during the 2010 offseason, and could potentially wind up exactly where they finished the 2009 NFL Season; at the the bottom looking up.

Indianapolis Colts

Don’t expect the Indianapolis Colts to slow down after a 14-2 2009 campaign that ended with them dropping the Super Bowl to the New Orleans Colts. Yet again, Peyton Manning is returning as the best quarterback in the league, and despite offseason neck surgery, look for him to continue his pursuit of legendary numbers in 2010. The running game for the Colts will be strong behind Joseph Addai and Donald Brown, however, some may argue that playing with Manning makes these guys look better than they actually are. From a receiving standpoint, expect Reggie Wayne and tight end, Dallas Clark, to continue to put up 100-catch seasons, and for Pierre Garcon to officially establish himself as one of the best up-and-comers in the league. A returning Anthony Gonzalez is simply icing on the cake for the most potent offense in the league. Defensively, the Colts’ success will depend on health. If Bob Sanders (49 missed games in 6 years) can stay on the field, he and linebackers Dwight Freeney and Gary Bracket will lead a very strong defensive unit. The Colts are -160 to win the AFC South, and 9/2 to win the Super Bowl.

Houston Texans

If not for the Colts, the Houston Texans would be the talk of the AFC South. Coming off an impressive 9-7 season, the Texans have a very powerful QB-receiver combination in Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. With defenses focusing in on Johnson, expect Kevin Walters and tight end, Owen Daniels to step up in production in 2010. The only noticeable weakness in this team’s offense is their running attack, which ranked 30th last year. Defensively, the Texans will continue to rush opposing quarterbacks and try to do their best to cause turnovers and sacks. Texas is a legitimate pick to make the playoffs, and come in second in the AFC South. The Texans are +350 to win the AFC South, and 15/1 to win the Super Bowl.

Tennessee Titans

Vince Young will come into the 2010 season with what is likely his last chance to prove that he can be a starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. After going 8-2 in ’09 with Kerry Collins out, the expectations are high for the former Texas star. Helping alleviate the pressure, however, will be arguably the best running back in the game, Chris Johnson. Johnson will aim to be the first running back to have back-to-back 2,000 yard rushing seasons, looking to prove that he was worth the salary boost that the Titans gave him during the offseason. With a suspect group of receivers, expect for the brunt of the offensive workload to continue to fall on Johnson’s shoulders. Defensively, Tennessee doesn’t have the playmakers it had two years ago, and this will ultimately prove to be the team’s downfall. The Titans are +350 to win the AFC South, and 13/1 to win the Super Bowl.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars will kick off 2010 hoping for much more success than they had in the prior season. Quarterback, David Garrard, who was heralded for his efficiency a mere two years ago, was extremely streaky last season, and will find his job on the line in this coming year. Garrard will have to properly utilize one of the best running backs in the league in Maurice Jones-Drew to compensate for the lack of quality receivers on the roster for him to throw to. Defensively, the traditionally tough Jags ranked 31st in sacks in 2009, and likely won’t be any better off in 2010. The Jaguars are +1000 to win the AFC South, and 40/1 to win the Super Bowl.

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