The AFC South should be more competitive in 2021 and will undoubtedly be much more interesting thanks to some major moves by Jacksonville, QB questions in Indy, and Houston trying to recover from years of mismanagement.
But what will the win totals be when the dust finally settles on the campaign? The full schedule release is not expected until mid-May, but in the meantime, DraftKings Sportsbook unveiled their 2021 NFL season win totals. We’re here to tell you if we think it’ll be more or less than what the experts are projecting.
Tennessee Titans, Win total: 9.5
The Titans won the division pretty easily with an 11 win year last season, but it’s unlikely to be that simple again this season. There just simply won’t be as many easy division wins up for grabs and they’ll have to take on the entire AFC East division, which has three quality teams in it. They also have to play Kansas City, which isn’t easy for anybody.
Still, with Derrick Henry in the backfield, it’s tough to see them not getting to at least 10 wins.
Indianapolis Colts, Win total: 10
The Colts were back in the playoffs last year, but this year the most important position on the field will look a lot different. Indy got former first-round pick Carson Wentz in a deal with the Eagles after an inconsistent career. They’re primarily a running team, with Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor leading the charge from the backfield. But Wentz’s inconsistencies in the past have to be a concern for this team that won 11 games a season ago.
Their schedule is also not easy at all. On top of Tennesse and the new-look Jags, they’ll see the Bills, Patriots, Dolphins, Seahawks, Ravens and Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. So it won’t be a fun time
Houston Texans, Win total: 4.5
With Bill O’Brien out of the picture, 4.5 wins should be an easy number to hit. But with off-the-field allegations swirling about star QB Deshaun Watson, there’s no certainty that he’ll be around when the season is kicked off this fall. The roster isn’t full of elite talent littered everywhere, so without Watson, it could be a rough first season for new head coach David Culley.
Jacksonville Jaguars, Win total: 6.5
After winning just one game a season ago, the betting world is high on the Jags. Why wouldn’t they be? Nabbing Urban Meyer as head coach is huge and it will be interesting to see how he makes the transition from college to the professional game. Barring anything unforeseen, they’ll also be picking up one of the best quarterback prospects in history in Clemson’s Trevor Lawerence.
Still, that big of a jump in year one seems excessive, even for two of the best to ever come out of the college ranks.
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