The AFC South is in part what the powers that be in the NFL truly want, parity. In this division, there is no great teams nor is there any really terrible ones either, just a whole lot of ordinary for making NFL predictions.
Houston still has not solved their continuing quarterback problem. Tennessee has bits and pieces, but has not shown ability to put all together. Indianapolis will have to wait until Andrew Luck is ready to return from shoulder surgery and still has a so-so roster and Jacksonville, well, they are the J A G U A R S, and that is not a good thing.
Here is our preseason preview with opinions from some of my sharp betting friends and my thoughts blended in. All the NFL odds listed are courtesy of Bookmaker.
This is a playoff team that could win a game or two if they had a quarterback. Tom Savage is no answer and Houston does not have the same setup as Dallas a year ago to bring along rookie Deshaun Watson….DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are too talented to be wasted as receivers without somebody who cannot get them the ball…..Like Houston at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball….Texans were No.1 in total defense without J.J. Watt. If he close to disruptive self, they will do better than 11th in scoring defense….The loss of corner A.J. Bouye will be felt, he was terrific last season….Most agree, Houston is fairly safe bet for OVER 8.5.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 8/5)
Offensive line was a beast last season and look for that to continue in 2017….DeMarco Murray will probably have fewer carries as Derrick Henry gets more playing time, yet that is not bad for Tennessee as that keeps Murray fresher all season….Still not sure what I think about Marcus Mariota, but very impressed he has 33 red zone passing touchdowns and no interceptions….Rookie receiver Corey Davis will be Mariota’s favorite target….Not sure if the defensive additions will dramatically impact No. 30 pass defense.