Doc’s Office: NFL 2018 – AFC South Team Totals

NFL 2018 AFC South Preview


This will be one of the tightest races for the division winner this year. A case can be made for any of the four teams to win the division. The Jags are the favorite (+150 at time of writing) and they certainly have the fire power to win it with their stellar defense and Fournette in the backfield. The Titans and Texans won’t be too far behind though. Mariota is coming in to his own and Taywan is impressing in camp so far. We all saw how exciting Watson/Hopkins/Fuller were to watch last year, that is an offense with a ton of firepower. Lastly, is it so easy to count out Luck? If we take him at his word and he is fully back this year I don’t know if it’s safe to count the Colts out of it.

Houston Texans


Head Coach: Bill O’Brien (5th year)

OC: O’Brien calls plays

DC: Romeo Crennel (6th year)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Deshaun Watson

WR: Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Bruce Ellington

RB1: Lamar Miller

TE: Ryan Griffin

Key Player Changes:

Deshaun Watson comes back healthy after tearing ACL

Signed Aaron Calvin CB, Seantrel Henderson T, Tyrann Mathieu S

Strength of Schedule:

1st (Easiest)

Schedule Break-down:

Favored in nine games and by a field goal or more in all nine

Non-conference schedule is the NFC east

They play four top 10 opponents and seven bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 8.5 -150 / Under 8.5 +130

Doc’s Pick:

Under 8.5 +130 – The Texans are coming off a horribly disappointing season last year after only winning four games. Obviously getting Watson back behind center is a huge gain but I don’t think it is enough to lay -150 on them winning 9 games. “Yes, but they have the easiest schedule in the NFL this year!” I know, I know but they are also still only favored in nine games. Let that sink in for a second. The absolute easiest schedule and still only favored in nine games. If they have a key injury or misstep they certainly won’t get over the total. I do think they will continue to put up a lot of points but their defense hasn’t shown that they can stop anyone from scoring; last year they held just three opponents under 20 points (Cle, Ten, Cin).


Indianapolis Colts


Head Coach: Frank Reich (1st year from PHI OC)

OC: Nick Sirianni (1st year from LAC WR)

DC: Matt Eberflus (1st year from DAL LB)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Andrew Luck

WR: TY Hilton, Ryan Grant, Chester Rogers

RB1: Marlon Mack

TE: Jack Doyle (Eric Ebron)

Key Player Changes:

Andrew Luck back from shoulder injury

Lost Donte Moncrief and Kamar Aiken; signed Ryan Grant

Lost Frank Gore, Antonio Cromartie, Dwight Freeney

Signed Eric Ebron

Strength of Schedule:

11th (tied with BAL, CIN)

Schedule Break-down:

Favored in three games; all by 2.5 points or less

Nine games have a spread +/- 3 points

They play four top 10 opponents and five bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 7 -110 / Under 7 -110

Doc’s Pick:

Over 7 -110 – This is a tough one to decide on for me. I’m going with the over because I think Luck can be the deciding factor in many of the close games this year. Plus, I like that they have a new, fresh coaching staff. We really have no idea what to expect from the offense this year now that Pagano and Chudzinski are gone. We do know that Luck is good and their HC just led the Super Bowl champs offense last year. Colts led going into the 4th quarter in 8 of their first eleven games last year and lost five of those 8 games, that’s more on the coaches than the players in my opinion and I look for the Colts to at least hit the .500 mark this year.


Jacksonville Jaguars


Head Coach: Doug Marrone (2nd year)

OC: Nathaniel Hackett (3rd year)

DC: Todd Wash (3rd year)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Blake Bortles

WR: Marquis Lee, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole

RB1: Leonard Fournette

TE: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins

Key Player Changes:

Lost Marcedes Lewis; Added Austin Sefarian-Jenkins

Lost Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson (ACL week 1 2017); Added Donte Moncrief

Signed DJ Hayden CB, Andrew Norwell G

Strength of Schedule:

4th (tied with OAK)

Schedule Break-down:

Favored in nine games; all nine by a field goal or more

A one-point dog in four of the 5 games they aren’t favored in

They play three top 10 opponents and six bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 9 -130 / Under 9 +110

Doc’s Pick:

Over 9 -130 – Jax showed us last year that they can get to double digit wins and that was without their WR1. Lee has had an extra year to comfortable and now easily takes the WR1 spot. Moncrief is a solid addition and Bortles has plenty of targets. Fournette showed us what he was capable of last year and should have more positive game scripts coming his way this year. The defense was able to hold 12 of the opponents last year to 24 points or less putting the Jaguars into positions to win games.


Tennessee Titans


Head Coach: Mike Vrabel (1st year from HOU DC)

OC: Matt LaFleur (1st year from LAR OC)

DC: Dean Pees (1st year from BAL DC)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Marcus Mariota

WR: Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Taywan Taylor

RB1: Dion Lewis (Derrick Henry)

TE: Delanie Walker

Key Player Changes:

Lost DeMarco Murray; Signed Dion Lewis

Lost Eric Decker

Drafted Rashaan Evans LB 22nd overall; signed Malcolm Butler

Strength of Schedule:


Schedule Break-down:

Favored in seven games

Nine games have a spread +/- 3 points

They play five top 10 opponents and six bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 8 -120 / Under 8 EV

Doc’s Pick:

Over 8 -120 – The Titans have found themselves winning 9 games each of the last two seasons and I don’t see any reasons they can’t get to the 9-win mark again. Mariota had a down year last year statistics wise and they still got there. Dion Lewis gives them a burst out of the backfield and their WR corps are serviceable. Last year the defense held opponents to 22 or less points in 10 games. Titans win 10 this year.

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