2020 AFC South Predictions with Betting Odds
The AFC South division was so poor last season that it found itself to be one of the most competitive divisions in all of football. The division title came down to the last day between the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, with the former of the two teams capturing the title. Despite that, the Titans made the deeper playoff run, knocking off the mighty Patriots and the mighty Ravens to reach the AFC Championship Game. From there, the Titans got punched in the mouth against the Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the Texans in the AFC Divisional game (despite being down 24-0). This year, it looks like three out of the four teams have a legitimate shot at making the postseason, with the edge going to the Titans and Colts. The Texans are going to have to answer a lot of questions after trading away their best receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, in return for a seemingly washed up, often injured running back, David Johnson.
The AFC South has been dominated by the Colts and Texans for the last 11 years as they’ve combined to win 10 division titles, with the lone exception coming in 2017/18 when Jacksonville won it en route to the AFC Title game. I’m not predicting a division winner this year because this division is going to be the closest in football. One play in one game could swing the division in any which way.
As we approach the end of August, I’ll be taking you on a guided tour of each division to prep you on what to expect for the upcoming season. Keep in mind, if you want the best football selections on the planet, I recommend joining our winning NFL team by clicking here. We offer top-rated futures, and weekly NFL plays from Week 1 through Super Bowl Sunday. Also, we offer free NFL picks for every game from the NFL Kickoff Game through the Super Bowl.
Season Win Total (o8.5 -135)
Super Bowl Odds (+4000)
AFC South Win Odds (+175)
The Titans fell a game short of making the postseason two years ago and finally made the decision to bench Marcus Mariota midway through the season last year. That move paid off and then some. Somehow, Ryan Tannehill rejuvenated that offensive unit and led them (read: handed the ball off to Derrick Henry) to an AFC title game, where they knocked off the defending champion Patriots and the high-flying Ravens along the way. This year, there is no reason the Titans can’t push for the division title as they return the same pieces from last year, and they have gotten better on defense. The Titans definitely won’t catch teams by surprise this year. However, when you run the ball as effectively as the Titans and play sound defense, you can stay in every ball game you play in. You’re getting great odds on winning the division title, and so I’ll be taking a shot with that.
Season Win Total (o8.5 -200)
Super Bowl Odds (+2000)
AFC South Win Odds (+120)
Are we sure that Philip Rivers is the answer in Indy? I mean, don’t get me wrong, Rivers has the ability to put up some great fantasy numbers. However, can he win ball games in crunch time? The defense will be solid, but laying -200 for the Colts to get to nine wins is something I wouldn’t recommend doing. If you think they can sweep the series between Jacksonville and Houston, then they could be in line for a playoff spot. Anything other than 4-0 or 3-1 would put them behind the eight-ball given their out of conference schedule.
Season Win Total (o7.5 -115)
Super Bowl Odds (+4500)
AFC South Win Odds (+325)
So long as Bill O’Brien remains in charge of this football team, the Houston Texans will go nowhere. Case in point – trading DeAndre Hopkins (one of the top receivers in the game and Watson’s only trusted target) to Arizona in exchange for an over-the-hill running back in David Johnson. I have no clue what the Texans are doing, and I don’t believe they do either.
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Season Win Total (o5 +120)
Super Bowl Odds (+20000)
AFC South Win Odds (+2000)
The Jaguars were nearly in the Super Bowl three seasons ago thanks in large part to a solid running game and a high-end defense. Since then, the defense fell apart, and Blake Bortles returned to his terrible ways and got shipped out of town in favor of Nick Foles. Then, Nick Foles got hurt and Gardner Minshew took over the starting job and played somewhat effectively. The problem with the Jaguars is that they are still short on upper-end talent on offense outside of Leonard Fournette. And even putting Fournette in that category is pushing the envelope considering he’s a walking injury and is just not as explosive as he has been. Putting up points is going to be a struggle for them this year against the AFC South as each team has the chance to be elite stop units. I’m playing this team under the win total as they should be in line for a lottery pick this year.
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