The sportsbook promo for the AFC South when the NFL season kicks off should be, “Will a team other than Indianapolis win the division?”. Since its inception in 2002, the Colts have won the division all but twice, and they even managed to win it last year in the face of injuries. There isn’t much to make you think it won’t happen again.
Indianapolis (-200) Vegas Odds: The Colts were there for the taking as all of Peyton Manning’s receivers were hurt at some point, except for Reggie Wayne, and Indianapolis still doesn’t have a running game. Their defense was banged up and to be honest, they weren’t that good when they were healthy. But they have Manning, and that gives the Colts a massive advantage in these NFL betting lines. Everyone should be back and healthy, so it’s going to take a lucky break for the rest of the division to overtake the Colts.
Houston listed at (+250) AFC South Odds: The Texans are still looking for their first trip to the playoffs, and they’re not going to make this year unless they improve on an atrocious defense. They have all the offensive talent in the world with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, but none of that matters unless the Texans can stop someone, especially through the air. If you can’t stop the pass in a division with Peyton Manning, chances are, you’re not going very far.
Tennessee (+700): Sports betting players should be watching a completely different Tennessee team as Mike Munchak takes over the coaching job from Jeff Fisher, who had led the team since 1994, Vince Young will probably be traded and Kerry Collins has retired. Is this now Jake Locker’s team? The rookie is going to be one of the most discussed NFL picks of the year as the Titans took him with the eighth pick, but he does have some help with Chris Johnson in the backfield, and the receivers are decent. But like Houston, Tennessee’s defense will have to be much better in 2011 (or whenever the season starts). Bet on NFL Season.
Jacksonville (+800): The Jaguars took Blaine Gabbert with the No.10 pick in order to give David Garrard some competition for the quarterback job, because Jacksonville has to take some pressure off Maurice Jones-Drew, who has remarkable numbers for someone who faces eight-man fronts all the time. It was simply an underwhelming season for the Jaguars, who were headed towards the postseason until they lost their last three games of the season. Jacksonville can leapfrog the Texans and Titans with a few breaks, but it’s highly unlikely that they’ll overtake the Colts unless Manning gets injured. NFL AFC South Betting Picks Indianapolis Colts -200. 2011-2012 AFC South Odds - Can Anyone End Indy's AFC South Dominance?
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