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AFC South Odds: Titans Hold Edge Over Colts

As we enter the 2021 NFL season, two contenders are front and center in the AFC South odds, with the Tennessee Titans holding a slight edge over the Indianapolis Colts to take the division crown.

The Titans are listed at -120 odds to win the AFC South and the best football betting sites have the Colts right behind them at +150. Two of 2020’s worst NFL teams, the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars, sit way behind in the latest odds to win the AFC South.

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What Team Leads In AFC South Odds?

Odds to Win AFC South in 2021
TeamOpening Odds
Tennessee Titans-120
Indianapolis Colts+150
Jacksonville Jaguars+700
Houston Texans+2800

Odds as of September 9 at Bovada

AFC South Odds Favorite: Tennessee Titans

The Titans have weapons. Complementing a resurgent Ryan Tannehill with Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown and the newly acquired Julio Jones, this Titans offense should have no problem scoring. Building off an 11-5 season (winning the AFC South on a tiebreaker) in which the Titans lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the playoffs, this attack will be expected to carry the team to new heights.

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However, the true pressure is on the defense. The Titans were the only AFC division winner to allow more than 400 points last season, and their 439 points allowed were more than any team in the AFC North yielded in 2020. Tennessee brought in pass rusher Bud Dupree and reworked a troubled secondary by signing Janoris Jenkins and Kevin Johnson, but significant improvements across the unit are needed.

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Indianapolis Colts

Another season of turnover in the post-Andrew Luck era for the Indianapolis Colts, but they’re once again expected to be in the playoff race. The keys to the Colts have been passed from Philip Rivers to Carson Wentz, as GM Chris Ballard took a risk on the former No. 2 overall pick to return to his early-career form.

Though draft pick Kwity Paye will improve an aging pass rush, and Indianapolis had a few other roster-shuffle moves, the Colts’ 2021 hopes rely almost solely on Wentz and the QB situation.

If he can stay healthy and return to the MVP form he flashed in 2017 prior to injury, the Colts could be not only AFC South contenders but Super Bowl hopefuls. If he’s anything like the 15-interception Wentz we saw in 2020 with the Eagles, it could be a sign for a rebuild in Indy.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars were “successfully” the worst team in the league last season, earning the right to take quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. With new head coach Urban Meyer, Lawrence and massive roster turnover, there may not be division title hopes for these Jaguars, but there is at least intrigue.

Jacksonville already received a blow to their 2021 aspirations with other first-rounder Travis Etienne being ruled out for potentially the entire season. But Lawrence’s rookie campaign will still be must-watch TV, though he’s unlikely to lift Jacksonville past deep AFC South sleeper status.

Houston Texans

The AFC South odds position the Texans to be significantly worse than 2020’s worst team in football, and it’s hard to disagree with them. Likely without Deshaun Watson, the Texans’ hopes fall on journeyman QB Tyrod Taylor and a ragtag group of decent offensive weapons and aging defenders.

Houston’s +2800 odds imply a 3.45 percent chance the Texans will take the division this year, and it’s hard to see a reality – with or without Watson – where that happens.

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Reading AFC South Odds

When you visit your sportsbook of choice, you’ll see AFC South championship odds laid out like they are in the above table. The team with the lowest odds is the favorite. For instance, if you think the Titans at -120 are the team to beat, and you bet $100, you’d get a payout of $183.33 – your original $100 comes back along with your winnings of $83.33.

On the other hand, if you think the Jaguars look good at +700 and believe they’ll slowly inch their way to an AFC South championship, that same $100 would give you a payout of $800 – your $100 is returned, coupled with your winnings of $700.

Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What Is A Futures Bet For The AFC South?

This is a bet made on events that have yet to happen. It can be argued that all sports betting is on things that haven’t taken place yet; however, a futures bet can be made weeks or even months in advance.

Before the beginning of the NFL season, oddsmakers look at each team’s records, offseason moves and schedule to set their odds. As the games are played and coaches are fired, players succumb to injuries and squads climb or fall in the standings, the odds will change. Because of these line movements, we suggest taking odds you like as soon as you see them.