It was a dogfight in the AFC South in 2018 using three groups finishing with documents over .500 along with the Houston Texans ended up being the cream of the crop with an 11-5 record,??winning their third division title in four decades. Following the latest statement of the retirement of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, the Texans are again the favorites to win the division at +185.
Online sportsbook BetOnline has the Houston Texans??as the Tennessee Titans at +300, the favorites in +185, followed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in +200 along with the Indianapolis Colts.
Here’s a breakdown of each team’s chances
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Coming off the second-best regular season??in franchise history, the Houston Texans are chomping at the bit to find the 2019 effort. The Texans??did not start the season the way that they would have??liked, dropping their??first three games by a combined 15 points, but they went on to win 11 of the remaining 13 games to claim the AFC South title for the fifth season over the last eight years.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson came off a torn ACL in 2017 and there were question marks on how he’d fare at his return. The injury didn’t set back him at all??because he had a completion percentage seven points greater than he submitted in his rookie season he played at the seven games and played 16 games.
Houston let cornerback Kareem Jackson along with security Tyrann Mathieu leave via free service but attracted in Denver cornerback Bradley Roby and Jacksonville safety Tashaun Gipson. The Texans struggled last year, ranking 27th in yards allowed per game, so that was their hole to correct in free service. In general, I think that Houston is a team that should find success .
Observing a 2017 campaign in which the Jacksonville Jaguars returned to the AFC championship game for the first time since 1999, 2018 was straight back to the identical ole, same ole we have come to expect in the Jags with a 5-11 record. They made out of the gate winning three of their first four, such as a house triumph over the New England Patriots, but won two of the 12 games.
Jacksonville had problems with star running back Leonard Fournette, who was the backbone of their success. As a rookie, Fournette??gathered 1,040 yards and eight touchdowns over 13 matches, but last year that he fought injuries and a suspension, just suiting up to eight games and end up with five touchdowns and only 439 yards.
Furthermore, Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler were entrenched in a quarterback battle for the majority of the season. Neither was impressive, though, and the duo combined for 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
The splash signed Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles returned to the team into the playoffs in 2018 after rookie Carson Wentz went again and led the Eagles into a Super Bowl success. Did Foles was that the cast the main reason behind his success or just come into his own in Philadelphia? If it had been the latter he has a great deal of work to perform in Jacksonville. The Jags will have a great deal of question marks heading into the season so I would be hesitant to??wager on them to acquire the branch now.
The 2018 year was a typical one in a third straight 9-7 effort that was littered with winning and losing streaks for the Tennessee Titans. They had been wildly inconsistent through the year and even game to??game, limiting the New England Patriots to only 10 points a week only to??give up 38 to the Indianapolis Colts in their game.
I believe as the Titans were caught in limbo in what personnel would direct the charge and if they desired to be a group. Before the year began, there was discussion that while Dion Lewis would be the shifty back 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry went to be the direct bruising back .
This did not come until late in the season to fruition when Henry rushed for a 585 yards and seven touchdowns over the previous four games. Furthermore, quarterback Marcus Mariota dealt with accidents and was also inconsistent throughout the year.
Tennessee addressed its need to strengthen the offensive line by signing shield Rodger Saffold and he’ll help the running attack and gives the Titans more of the identity. Meanwhile, they also picked up wide receiver Adam Humphries, who will offer a good deal of help from the slot location and simple check-down moves. I don’t believe that they have sufficient weapons to win the division, although I believe if they get the ball to Henry early and often, they can penalize and slow down opposing defenses.
Going to the next week of the NFL preseason, the Indianapolis Colts were chosen to win the AFC South and have been considered a Super Bowl contender. In a turn of events,??quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement and the Colts have dropped to the dog in the division when going??from eighth on the Super Bowl oddsboard??down to 20th.
During the 2017 year, Luck sat out the year dealing with a shoulder injury and Jacoby Brissett was the guy under center. The 26-year-old is hoping to get greater success than the previous time and will once again take the reins over that he was a starter. Brissett completed only 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards and had 13 touchdowns into seven interceptions in 2017.??
Outside of the turmoil, the team is pretty sound on both sides of the globe. I don’t feel the Colts should be the lowest team in the branch with Luck’s departure — you will find weapons at receiver, a lineup, a run game, along with their defense ranked points allowed per game.?? Brissett does a good job protecting the ball when he’s not running. The Colts could provide worth within an underdog if he could follow the fundamentals.
Odds in BetOnline as of August 26
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