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NFL Predictions: Odds Point to Houston Texans to Top AFC South Again

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Houston Texans won the AFC South Division title for the third time in four seasons last year, but they could face a tough battle to retain their crown in 2019. 

Tough for Texans

Houston Texans had a poor start to their last campaign, before an overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts kickstarted their season. They went on to win the Division before losing out to the Colts in the Wild Card play-off, and they are 9/5 favourites to top the AFC South again. But that could be a tall order. Their defense was weakened by the departures of Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson, while the failure to strengthen the offensive line will make life difficult for quarterback DeShaun Watson. With a much tougher schedule this time, it won’t be easy for the Texans to top the Division. 

Jacksonville likely to Challenge

The Jaguars finished bottom of the AFC South last season, but they are likely to be much more dangerous this time round thanks mainly to some significant additions to the roster. The replacement of Blake Bortles with Nick Foles is an obvious upgrade, while first round pick Josh Allen could be a star in his rookie year. Their pre-season form wasn’t great, but they have a relatively easy schedule this season, compared to last year, and are rated as the main threat to Houston at 11/4.

Titans may Struggle

Tennessee Titans finished third last year, and while they have made some good additions, they are still short of being able to challenge the Texans or the Jaguars. Rodger Saffold will add power to the offensive line, while Adam Humphries and A J Brown will strengthen the wide receiver department, but unfortunately, their defence, which was already one of the worst in the league was further weakened by the departures of Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. 

Questions for Colts

After going all the way to the Divisional Final last year, Indianapolis Colts were considered serious contenders in the AFC South. They have one of the best offenses in the NFL, and rookie linebacker Darius Leonard gave the defense an edge that it had been lacking. But late last month, quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement, throwing all of the Colts’ plans into chaos. They have been drifting in the market ever since and are now the Division’s 5/1 outsiders.  

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