Almost since its inception, it’s hardly an NFL gambling secret that the AFC South has belonged to Peyton and the Indianapolis Colts. This team has dominated the division winning six of the past seven division titles and going on to win a Super Bowl in 2006.
The only other team to have won a division title during that stretch was the 2008 Jacksonville Jaguars. This year the Texan Titans would like to become just the third team to win the AFC South and many fans and experts, alike, think they have the fire power to do it.
Led by Pro Bowl QB Matt Schaub the Texans have one of the most explosive offenses on the planet. Last year he put up cartoonish stats as he led the league with 4,770 yards passing and 29 TDs. The major recipient of Schaub’s aerial largesse was WR Andre Johnson who likewise led the NFL in receiving yardage (1,569 yards) while hauling in 8 TDs.
This year the duo looks to put up even bigger numbers and spread the wealth around the offense a bit. Up and coming WR Jacoby Jones could have a break out year with defenses focusing on Johnson and RB Arian Foster, the team’s new starter, showed a few glimpse of brilliance last season and will try and parlay that into a big year on the ground.
But the fact of the matter remains that no matter how many points this team scores it must eliminate the stupid mistakes and late season meltdowns that cost it a shot at the NFL gambling playoff action last season.
And they can hardly forget that no matter what they do they’ve most likely got to win the 2 games against the juggernaut Colts if they want to grab the franchise’s first division title.
Easier said than done considering the Colts swept this series last season and is nearly unbeatable with Manning at the helm. The Indy offense should be even better than last season when it averaged 26.0 ppg. Starting receiver Anthony Gonzalez will be back in the lineup and Indy’s young receivers will have another year of experience under their belts.
On defense the Colts will also be better with the return of Bob Sanders and more depth at pass rush
Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and sbg global.com opened with the Colts as a 2-point favorite with an over/under total at 47.
Look for the Colts to come out on top of the odds NFL betting gurus have laid out.