If you want to know which teams stand the best chance of bagging the division title in 2017, then look no further, we have some expert analysis on the existing betting odds to win the AFC South division just for you!You may not know it, but the AFC South was one of the most competitive divisions in all of football a year ago with just one game separating the top three finishers. While the Houston Texans won the division for the second straight year, they were tied for victories by the blossoming Tennessee Titans while the Indianapolis Colts finished one game back.Now, heading into the 2017, the AFC South looks like it’s going to be another tight race that comes down to the very wire!
Here’s a Closer Look at the Expert Picks to win the AFC South
The Favorite: Houston Texans +160The Texans (9-7 SU, 6-9-1 ATS) won the AFC South last season, mostly because they have a phenomenal defense that ranked first overall, second against the pass, 12th against the run and 11th in points allowed (20.5 ppg). That’s the good news, combining this with the fact that Houston once again, is succeeding despite not having any kind of competent play from the quarterback position.The bad news is that the Texans ranked a dismal 29th in total offense, an identical 29th in passing, a stellar eighth in rushing, but a pitiful 29th in scoring (17.4 ppg). Then again, there’s more good news that comes in the form of Houston landing what I believe is a true future superstar in former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick in the draft.Watson is a special leader and has a chance to be great at some point in the near future. I also like veteran quarterback Tom Savage who should open the season as the starter under center. In addition to that, Houston has a pair of elite wide receivers in veteran DeAndre Hopkins and second-year wideout Will Fuller, although Fuller got the ‘dropsies’ during several games this past year.Houston also has a very good running back in veteran, Lamar Miller who rushed for 1,073 yards in his first season with the team in 2016 and they added some power to pair with Miller by nabbing former Texas running back D’Onta Foreman in the third round. With the return of former Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and continued growth of former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Houston looks like they’ll have a great chance to repeat as division champs in 2017.
Houston Texans Team Statistics
Offensive total yards: 311.83
Average Score For: 17.89
Offensive rush yards: 116.00
Defensive total yards: 300.17Offensive passing yards: 195.83
Defensive rush yards: 97.72
Average Score Against: 20.89Defensive passing yards: 202.44