Who wins the AFC South

The division thats almost to close to call : Who wins the AFC South?

  • 2020 NFL Season
  • AFC
  • AFC North
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • sports gambling
  • Tennessee Titans
By Adam_martin34 September 3, 2020 0 Comment
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The AFC  South is one of the most interesting divisions in the NFL this year. All four teams have the potential to make a run for the division title. Last year the Houston Texans won the tight division 10-6 with the Tennessee Titans following at 9-7. The Indianapolis Colts finished with a 7-9 record and the Jacksonville Jaguars could only manage a 6-10 record. The current odds to win the division also show that this is a tight division to win. The Indianapolis Colts are 6/5 favourites, then the Tennessee Titans at 6/4, the Houston Texans at 7/2 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at 25/1. So who wins the AFC South ?

 

Can the Jags get back to better times?

It was only three years ago that the Jags managed to win the division but a lot has changed in Jacksonville. Gardner Minshew is the starting QB after beating out Nick Foles for the job last year. Minshew is a solid but unspectacular QB who will keep the chains moving for the Jags. It will be difficult for the Jags to make a massive impact given Minshew’s lack of star quality. However, last year was his rookie year and he does have the ability to improve.

In the running back room the Jags had a quality player in Leonard Fournette until they released him just recently.  Chris Thompson was brought in from Washington and is a pass catching specialist. The only problem with him is he has had issues with injuries in the past. Ryquell Armstead and Devine Ozigbo are currently the two main options and neither have much of a proven record in the NFL. The running back room looks very empty without Fournette.

D.J Chark is the clear number one wide receiver for Jacksonville and finished number 16 in the league last year. He has built a good relationship with Minshew and there is a strong chance he will improve again this year. The other wide receivers are solid options for Jacksonville but wont win any awards. Defensively the Jags are not as good as they were back in 2017 and with Jalen Ramsey and A.J Bouye gone they are in a transition period. It is unlikely that the Jags will win this division.

Can the Texans defend their title?

The Houston Texans finished the season with a 10-6 record but didn’t do much in the playoffs. Its strange to see the division champs only third in the betting but there are reasons for it. The Texans still have DeShaun Watson as their starting QB and finished as the fifth best last year. He should do well again this year but there were concerns for him last year, given the amount of hits he was taking. The O-line has not improved much in the off season and those worries are still there. Can the Texans win the AFC south ?

The Texans lost Lamar Miller last year due to injury and needed to bring in a new running back. Acquiring David Johnson from Arizona was part of the biggest trade in the off season. Not because of Johnson, so much, but more how much he cost with the departure of Deandre Hopkins. David Johnson has had a tough time in the last few years with injuries and bad form. However, he has the ability to bounce back for a new team and he fills a big hole for the Texans. Duke Johnson will also provide good back-up for David Johnson.

At wide receiver the Texans traded away Deandre Hopkins and it was always going to be tough to replace him. Fortunately for them they managed to bring in Brandin Cooks who has been a top end receiver over the last few years. He struggled last year as he missed a couple of games but has been a 1,000 yard receiver the previous four seasons. He wont be able to make up for Hopkins but he is a viable option for the Texans. Will Fuller and Kenny Stills are both quality receivers and if Fuller can stay fit he will be really good.

Defensively the Texans are not as good as they were and are starting to get a bit older. When you look at all the things that have happened in the off season you can see why they are 7/2 third favs. The Texans will be a tough team to play this year and with Watson they will always have a chance. However, they are not the team that they once were and winning the division will be tough.

 

Will Titans run the table?

The Tennessee Titans made it to the AFC championship game last year only to lose to Kansas City. The Titans have spent big on bringing back Ryan Tannehill at QB and the hope is he will continue his good run. Tannehill was solid but unspectacular, however, he didn’t need to be anymore than that. He had a really high pass completion percentage and that is what the Titans are paying him for.

The main weapon for Tennessee is running back Derrick Henry. Henry got 16 rushing touchdowns and ran for over 1,500 yards last season. It would be surprising to see anything different happen in Tennessee and Henry is more than capable of doing the same. A.J Brown is the top receiving target for Tannehill and he had a good rookie year last season. He finished as the number ten wide receiver last season and that is likely to happen again.

Jonnu Smith was another rookie who had a good season after Delanie Walker got injured. Smith will get a decent amount of targets this year and will do well for the solid Tannehill. On defense the Titans just missed out of the top ten and they were solid enough to get the results needed. It would be surprising if they got much worse and so its understandable they are 6/4 second favorites. Who wins the AFC south ? Do not count the Titans out !

Is Phillip Rivers the missing piece for the Colts?

The Indianapolis Colts have been competitive for a few years now but have been missing a decent QB. Andrew Luck, the teams pro-bowl QB, had suffered from multiple injuries and decided to retire. This left the Colts with Jacoby Brissett last year who clearly was not good enough to be the starter. This off season the Colts went out and got former LA Chargers QB Phillip Rivers. Rivers is known as a bit of a gunslinger but is a quality addition to the team. Phillip Rivers has been a good QB all his career and although he is not  as good as he was, he is better than Brissett. Rivers finished 15th last year and with a better O-line he will improve on that.

The Colts have got two solid running backs this year with Marlon Mack and Jonathon Taylor. Mack had a good year last season rushing for over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. Taylor is one of the most promising running backs coming out of college and looks great. These two will provide a good team balance when it comes to the Colts running game. At tight end the Colts released Eric Ebron and now Jack Doyle gets his time to shine. Doyle has been a solid option for a few years now but has not seen enough targets. This will change with the release of Ebron.

The wide receiving corp is looking good as well with T.Y Hilton and the arrival of Michael Pittman Jr. Hilton has been a quality receiver for many years now and will do well with Rivers in the pocket. He had a poor season last year, due to missing some games but he is a perfect bounce back candidate. Pittman is a big bodied receiver who will make a good second option for Rivers. By having him on the team will also help Hilton. The defense also looks better this year with the arrival of DeForrest Buckner and they will be a top ten defense.

The Indianapolis Colts are the 6/5 favorites to win the division and they are more than capable of doing that. Not only can they win the division they are the type of team who, once in the playoffs, could go all the way. So who wins the AFC south ? Odd are the Colts win it.

 

Top bet : Indianapolis Colts to win the AFC South. 6/5

 

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