Last year, the AFC South went to the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite their being longshots to win the division at the start of the season. But the Jaguars did not follow that up with a division title in 2023 despite being the favorites in NFL betting markets. Here, we look back at the season in the AFC South, one that was full of surprises.
AFC South Futures Betting Odds
The Houston Texans were the shocking winners of the AFC South this season. They were expected to finish in last place this season, but CJ Stroud was incredible in his rookie season, propelling his team from worst to first. The Texans hosting a first-round playoff game is an incredible accomplishment given the low expectations for their team, which they will try to back up in 2024.
This year, the Jacksonville Jaguars were favorites to win the AFC South. But they fell short not only of winning the division, but of the postseason as well. The Jaguars needed a win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 18 to clinch the division and a playoff berth. They failed to get that win as Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars offense could not do enough throughout this season to get this team back to the playoffs once again.
The Indianapolis Colts finished in third place in the AFC South, with their 9-8 record putting them one game behind the Texans. Had the Colts executed their offense properly in the final minutes of their Week 18 game against the Texans, they would have been the team making the playoffs from this division, but that did not happen. Next year, the Colts will have Anthony Richardson back, which will mean higher expectations for them.
The Tennessee Titans finished in last place in the AFC South this past season by a wide margin. Ryan Tannehill and Will Levis could not combine to give this team good enough quarterback play to compete for this division championship. And with Derrick Henry set to leave the organization this year in all likelihood, the Titans offense could be in a bad place once again next season.
2024 AFC South Futures Outlook
Next year will be interesting in the futures betting marketplace in the AFC South. On one hand, the Jacksonville Jaguars could be favored with the expectation being that Trevor Lawrence will be healthy. But we could also see the Texans or Colts become the favorites as their young quarterbacks will be expected to take a leap forward in year two of their careers.