Texans' loss on Sunday offers Colts a big opportunity on Monday

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

In a division that was viewed as Houston's, almost by default, it's Indy that now has the opportunity to take a commanding lead as they get closer to their Week 8 bye week.

The Houston Texans are a hot mess right now.

The team many predicted would win the AFC South for the third year in a row suddenly has suddenly found itself in a four-game losing streak. The team's most recent blowout loss (they've been outscored in three of their four loses by a combined margin of 102-25) was a 38-13 embarrassment at home to a very average St. Louis Rams squad.

In fact, like Houston all other team in the AFC South are currently sitting under .500. All except the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts (4-1) have looked impressive in recent weeks, blowing out the 49ers at Candlestick three weeks ago and roaring back to defeat the Seahawks at home thanks in no small part to the play of quarterback Andrew Luck. Sandwiched in-between those two wins was a blowout win at Jacksonville over the Jaguars (0-6), who are one of the before-mentioned sub-.500 AFC South teams.

The Colts play the Chargers (2-3) Monday night, and it's a game that could put some serious distance between Indianapolis and the rest of their division.

With the AFC North and West divisions likely to spawn one of the two non-division winning wildcard teams for the post-season, the pressure to win the AFC South is very much on. Should Indy prevail Monday night, they'll have a three-game lead on division rival Houston and a two-game lead over Tennessee (3-3). The Titans dropped a close game on the road to the Seahawks on Sunday, and they're also without the starting quarterback, Jake Locker, for 4-8 weeks while he recovers from a hp injury.

In a division that was viewed as Houston's, almost by default, it's Indy that now has the opportunity to take a commanding lead as they get closer to their Week 8 bye week.

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