The Colts have the AFC South cornered well & truly, having no viable competition in the pursuit of a 3rd straight divisional crown. We preview some NFL odds that relate to the AFC South.
Indianapolis Colts Eye Third Straight Divisional Crown
Two-time defending champions Indianapolis Colts look to clinch a third straight AFC South crown in the coming season. As it stands, the prognosis is extremely favorable across sports betting floors. Bet365 is trading the Colts at -350 to win the AFC South while William Hill and Paddy Power are offering the Colts at even steeper -400 NFL odds.
Whichever your choice sportsbook, the Colts are unanimously the runaway favorites to win outright. That's down to a conspicuous lack of competition in the field.
Houston Texans were the last team to win the AFC South with back-to-back titles in 2011-2012. However, they are an entirely different team since their so-called heyday in the AFC South and a distant second favorite at + 350 to win the AFC South. There's a lot to like about the Texans, but not enough to suggest they could give the Colts a run for their money. That's at least the consensus amongst NFL bettors, experts and fans alike.
As far as the Tennessee Titans (+1400) Jacksonville Jaguars (+2200) are concerned, they are as close to winning the AFC South as this article is to winning the Pulitzer Prize.
AFC Championship Odds
Most major sportsbooks have installed the Indianapolis Colts as the second favorites at +500 to win the AFC Championship, behind the New England Patriots. It's not a coincidence that the pair reached the AFC final last season. In fact, it's most likely a direct consequence of it. That and the fact that the Colts beat the Denver Broncos en route to the AFC Championship game last season.
There are those NFL bettors that might view this as a touch optimistic when it was essentially Andrew Luck's first appearance in the AFC Championship game. Prior to that, the Luck-inspired Colts hadn't moved beyond the AFC Divisional Playoffs. What's more, there are those that would suggest had Peyton Manning been 100%, the Colts wouldn't have had it so easy to advance, if at all.
Still, there's no denying that this is a side with lots of upside. That they've taken a positive step each year with Andrew Luck calling the shots. Perhaps it does seem premature now to suggest that they are viable contenders. Come the 2015-2016 playoffs, it might be one of the savviest predictions of the pre-season NFL betting markets.
As far as the rest of the AFC South is concerned, only the Houston Texans emerge as middleweight contenders at +1800. The Titans and Jaguars are the quintessential long shots of the conference, trading at ridiculous +7500 and +8000 NFL odds.
Super Bowl 50 Odds
True to form, the Colts are amongst the Top Five favorites in Super Bowl betting markets. Bet365 and William Hill are offering the Colts at +1000 NFL odds while Paddy Power is trading the Colts in triple digits at +900 to win Super Bowl 50. It's quite the bold statement to have the Colts trading ahead of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on the NFL odds board, for instance. Even ahead of 2012 Super Bowl champions Joe Flacco and the Ravens that are priced at +2000 at Paddy Power and as high as +2500 at William Hill. For all the promise Andrew Luck has, he's yet to win the AFC Championship, not to mention reach a Super Bowl. It's not impossible for Luck and the Colts to come through on these NFL odds, but – let's face it – it's not the likeliest of outcomes when Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers could be standing in their way.