The Jaguars are the defending AFC South champions and they have the best odds this season to win the weakest division in the NFL.
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Here are the futures odds and previews for the AFC South.
The Jags and Trevor Lawrence had a killer second half last season and even won a playoff game. Lawrence may be poised to have a breakout season and while the team has a solid WR corps and a good TE in Evan Engram the team went out and got a legit #2 WR in Calvin Ridley. Travis Etienne rushed for over 1,100 yards and the ground game should be pretty good behind a solid offensive line.
The defense is young and good and they will be much better if the pass rushing tandem of Josh Allen and last season’s #1 pick Travon Walker can live up to potential. Unlike last season the Jags look off to get off to a good start. White their first half is not that tough they do face the Chiefs and Bills but both of those games are at home.
The Titans are in the last season of the contracts of Ryan Tannehill and star RB Derrick Henry and if the team struggles this season the roster will look much different next season. Henry is a stud but the RB corps is thin behind him. The WR corps for the run-first team is decent but they did add DeAndre Hopkins, who looks to show he is still a star. Tannehill is the starter but the team traded up to take Will Levis in the second round and he may be the future of the team but has to get on the field to show that.
The defense is pretty complete with a good pass rush and secondary. The team is not that strong up front and the run defense is a minor concern. The beginning of the season will be key for Tennessee, as they have two road games facing the Saints and Browns and then two home ones against the Chargers and Bengals.
The Colts chance to win the AFC South recently took a big hit, as star RB Jonathan Taylor was recently granted a trade request. If he leaves the team may be in trouble, as they are starting rookie and fourth overall pick Anthony Richardson, who only started 13 games in college. Zack Moss will take over if Taylor is traded and played pretty well last season as the lead back when Taylor was injured. Michael Pittman leads an ok WR corps and the team is high on third round pick WR Josh Downs.
Indy has a good defense up front, especially when Shaq Leonard is healthy. The secondary is the main issue with a lack of star power and the safeties are a big concern. The Colts play one of the weakest schedules but do have the face the Jags and Ravens in two of their first three games.
The Texans have been a mess the last two seasons but they have a new head coach in team legend DeMeco Ryans. The team also snapped up QB C.J. Stroud with the second overall pick and he looks to be the starter right off the bat. RB Dameon Pierce was promising as a rookie last season and heads into the season fresh after being shut down for the last four games last season. Devin Singletary was brought in and he rushed for 819 yards last season with the Bills. Houston revamped its WR corps in the off-season with Robert Woods the biggest name. However, many new WRs are in camp and a new QB, so there may be growing pains on offense.
The defense needs star power, which is why they moved up in the draft to take Will Anderson #3 overall. Top 2022 picks Derek Stingley and Jalen Pitre need to step up in the secondary and if they do not the team may struggle, mightily, against the pass. Like the Colts the Texans play a pretty weak schedule and the Bengals are the only team they face that had in double digits in wins last season.