The Colts are -160 favorites in 2010 NFL preseason betting to win the AFC South.
2010 NFL preseason odds list the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans as the second choices to win the AFC South at odds of about 3-1. Jacksonville is the 10-1 long shot but they are not without a chance.
The Colts are led by Peyton Manning who is the best quarterback in the league and that means they are the favorites in the NFL. The Indianapolis offense is very potent and was pretty much unstoppable last season. The key for the Colts is the defense. They really need safety Bob Sanders to stay on the field because they are simply a different team without him.
The Houston Texans are close to the Colts but that seems to be said every season when people look at 2010 NFL preseason betting. The Texans will have a new kicker in Neil Rackers but they didn’t do a lot in the off-season to improve. The Texans will be without linebacker Brian Cushing for the first four games of the season because he is suspended and that may doom their chances in this division from the start. The team badly needs tight end Owen Daniels to come back healthy and they need to find a quality backup quarterback in case Matt Schaub gets hurt.
Tennessee is dealing with the possible holdout of star running back Chris Johnson. They lost DE Kyle Vanden Bosch in the off-season and linebacker Keith Bullock didn’t re-sign. Quarterback Vince Young is not reliable and overall the Titans can’t be trusted in this division, especially if Johnson doesn’t play.
Jacksonville is a team that could do anything from winning the division to finishing last. They made some nice off-season moves getting Kirk Morrison from the Raiders and Aaron Kampman from the Packers. The Jaguars still don’t have a top receiver and that remains a concern. Jacksonville has the talent to compete in this division though and although the probably won’t beat out the Colts they are capable of finishing in second place and making a playoff run.