The AFC South is an interesting division and the AFC South lines definitely show this. That wasn't always the case. For the past decade, Peyton Manning has been leading the AFC South betting with the Colts charging to division championships, AFC Championships and even one Super Bowl victory. AFC South betting is definitely more interesting this year so check back into the sportsbook for updated football odds.
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When Peyton's on the field, you might declare the division winner prior to the start of the season with his stronger team of previous years. However, this season, he's beginning on the sidelines. Hopeful Colts fans might think he'll be back soon, but betting on that would be risky. The Colts are going to take every precaution necessary. It's amazing how one player injury can alter the dynamic of an entire division.
The Colts might be missing Manning, but they do have Kerry Collins. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? As the old saying goes,"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." On one hand, you could say he's underrated and has led average teams to the playoffs before. On the other hand, you could say he's 38 years old, only managed a 57% completion percentage last season and has a drinking problem. The good news is that the Colts have a plethora of talented wide receivers in Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez and Pierre Garcon. The running backs are average and the defense is very skeptical.
The Texans seemed to have strengthened all their weaknesses, especially their defense. With Danieal Manning at free safety and Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, they're going to be much better than in the past. Of course, Mario Williams will also create havoc. The offense is amongst the best in the league. Their only downfall is injuries and expectations. This season, Arian Foster begins the season on the bench and the expectations are higher than ever. By reading the past two team reviews, you would think the Texans would manhandle the Colts and run away with the division. Well, that has been the preseason thought for the past three seasons and it never happens. Is this the year or will the Texans disappoint once again?
The Titans might not be on anyone's radar, but they have quietly made improvements. Matt Hasselbeck moves in at QB, which is an upgrade, and their entire coaching staff has been replaced. The old coaching staff was high quality, but it was a tired regime and the players weren't responding to it anymore. We'll see what Head Coach Mike Munchak is all about soon. The good news for him is that he has Chris Johnson at RB, even though he held out and is now looked at as selfish by the fans. The receivers are ordinary by NFL standards with Nate Washington and Kenny Brit leading the way.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are an interesting organization. For the second time in three years, they released their starting QB with less than one week to go before opening day. Talk about a slap in the face. David Garrard is no longer the starting QB. That job now belongs to 30-year-old Luke McCown, who sports a 1-6 NFL record. This is obviously not going to do much for the morale of the team in the locker room. It's pretty much screaming that they're looking down the road and not to win this season. They still have Maurice Jones-Drew at RB, but his hard running style has to catch up with him eventually. Wide receivers Jason Hill and Mike Thomas aren't standouts, but they can help move the chains. The defense is sub-par at best.
It should be an interesting season in the AFC South. If you're a fan of one of these teams, buckle your seat-belt. The battle for first place should be intense, with top dog changing at least three times.
The Jaguars vs Titans will happen in NFL Week 1 and NFL Week 1 and NFL Week 16.
2012 AFC South Division odds