2014 AFC South Division Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - Will the Colts repeat as AFC South champs? The odds are currently in their favor.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Colts are 5/6 favorites to win the AFC South in 2014. The team with the next best odds are the Texans at 9/4, while the Titans are 4/1 to win the division and the Jaguars are a massive underdog at 20/1.
The Colts weren't overly active in free agency but they did sign receiver Hakeem Nicks, re-signed cornerback Vontae Davis, and added linebacker D'Qwell Jackson in free agency. Indy didn't own a first-round pick this year after trading it to Cleveland during the regular season in exchange for running back Trent Richardson. But they did land Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort with the 59th overall selection.
No team in the AFC South had a busier offseason than the Texans, who hired coach Bill O'Brien and traded former starting quarterback Matt Schaub to the Raiders. The team also signed free agents Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andre Brown and Chris Clemons, while releasing tight end Owen Daniels. With the first overall selection in the 2014 draft, Houston took defensive end Jadeveon Cloweny and in the second round, the Texans nabbed UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo.
The Titans had a rather peculiar offseason, signing Michael Oher to a massive contract and then drafting Taylor Lewan in the first round. After paying Oher all that money, Lewan may wind up starting at right tackle this year so the Tennessee's efforts in free agency may go for naught. The team also signed Dexter McCluster, Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips in free agency.
Finally, the Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart, Zane Beadles, Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Dekoda Watson in free agency while adding Blake Bortles, Marquise Lee and Allen Robinson in the draft. This team might not be ready to compete for a playoff berth, but it seemingly is headed in the right direction following an active offseason.
The Colts don't have the most talented roster in the NFL but with Andrew Luck under center they're the clear frontrunners in the division. The other three teams simply have average or unstable quarterback situations and overall, this is the weakest division in football. Indy could, and probably should, run away with the AFC South again this year.