AFC South Week 16 Preview

Here we are with our weekly AFC South preview. Let’s take a look around the division at the Week 16 match-ups. We also give you our score predictions and the latest on injuries and betting lines.

Tennessee Titans (2-12)

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Thursday, December 18, 5:25 PM on NFLN 
Titans Jags comp

The first game between these two teams came down to the wire in Week 6 but the Tennessee Titans were able to hang on for a 14-16 win. It was the last time the Titans won a football game and they are currently riding an eight game losing streak. will be starting Charlie Whitehurst just like they did in Week 6 due to injuries to both Zach Mettenberger and Jake Locker. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles will be a game time decision.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this matchup is where it lands these two teams in the upcoming 2015 NFL draft order.  Currently, the Titans have the second selection while the Jaguars have the third selection. Or, you could root for former Titans defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks to get a sack.

The Jaguars have finally ended their streak of consecutive games where they have been the  underdog per Vegas betting lines. Per The Linemakers, Vegas has the line at Jaguars -3.

Final score prediction:

Titans 16

Jaguars 17

Baltimore Ravens (9-5)

Houston Texans (7-7)

NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Sunday, December 21, 12:00 PM on CBS

Ravens Texans comp

This might be a great matchup for Week 16 if not for all the injuries. The Ravens secondary is banged up and they are giving up the 30th most passing yards in the league at 259.9 yards per game. Unfortunately, the Texans are down to what is their 4th string quarterback with season ending injuries to Ryan Mallett and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Third string quarterback Tom Savage is out with knee injury. The Texans were forced to snatch former starter Case Keenum off the St. Louis Rams practice squad. They also signed Thad Lewis. No word yet on who will be the starter.

If that’s not bad enough, standout second year wide receiver Deandre Hopkins didn’t practice Thursday and could be out for the game Sunday. Fortunately, Andre Johnson has cleared the concussion protocol and is cleared to play Sunday. Arian Foster is banged up but it looks like he should play Sunday.

The Ravens will have their hands full with J.J. Watt but their offensive line has been outstanding this year thanks to the influence of Gary Kubiak. Flacco has taken the least sacks this season than any other. To put that in perspective, last year Flacco was sacked 48 times compared to this year’s total thus far of 16.

Vegas has the line at Ravens -6. Frankly, that might not be a bad bet. The Ravens are are 8-6 ATS this season per @oddsmaker while the Houston Texans are 8-5-1 ATS. The Texans need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Alas, they will not find one.

Final score prediction:

Ravens 24

Texans 16

Indianapolis Colts

Dallas Cowboys

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Sunday, December 21, 3:25 PM on CBS

Colts Cowboys comp

The premier matchup of the division features the AFC South division champion Indianapolis Colts against the Dallas Cowboys who are hoping to secure their first playoff berth since the 2009 season. Demarco Murray had surgery to insert a pin in his finger but it looks like he may play.

For the Colts, Vontae Davis and T.Y. Hilton were limited in practice Thursday but there is a good chance they will play. These teams are well matched and this could be an offensive shootout. The game would weigh more favorably toward the Cowboys if Davis were unable to play. He will surely line up as much as possible against Dez Bryant.

Vegas has the line currently at Cowboys -1. That line could jump depending on Davis status. Per @OddShark the Dallas Cowboys are 6-4 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against opponents from the AFC. Also, Indianapolis is 0-2 SU and ATS in its last two games against the Cowboys since going 3-0 SU and ATS in its previous three.

Final score prediction:

Colts 27

Cowboys 35

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