NFL preseason odds bettors may also give consideration to Houston, Tennessee, and even Jacksonville as potential football gambling values that overtake the Colts.
While the Colts did win the AFC South with a 14-2 straight up record it was far from a perfect season. In fact the Colts had a shot at a perfect season with a 14-0 start but coach Jim Caldwell threw away the 15th game of the season to protect players for the playoffs and the Colts never quite looked the same on the field or with the public after that.
Indianapolis did cover the spread 10 times and had one of the top passing attacks in the NFL with 4-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning. The running game was weak, however, and the defense was inconsistent, and those elements along with a less than stellar Manning performance cost the Colts in the Super Bowl.
While this is an aging team they are still a threat to win any time they take the field thanks to Manning.
The Tennessee Titans were the top seed in the AFC in 2008 and rebounded nicely after a 0-6 start last year to finish 8-8 as Vince Young took over the reins at quarterback to ignite the attack.
The Titans will still need improvement from their defense that slumped last year, but did have the NFL offensive player of the year in 2000 yard runner Chris Johnson. The Titans could resemble a stock that was once highly valued only to plummet lower than what was actually merited and could bring enhanced value with the football odds in 2010.
The Houston Texans were hoping to make their first ever playoff bid last year but stumbled out of the gate and had to rally to finish 9-7 straight up while covering just 7 games.
Despite not reaching the post season it was still an overall successful year for the franchise as quarterback Matt Schaub emerged to a near elite level and will be the key to Houston breaking through the gates into the playoffs.
The young but improving Jacksonville Jaguars may not be a favorite with the NFL preseason odds but they were in playoff position last year with just one month to go before fading badly to finish 7-9. Jacksonville may be a team that surprises fans and handicappers if the offense can develop balance and consistency.