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AFC South Week Six Update: Colts in First Place

We take a weekly look at the AFC South, and in week six a Colts' victory over the Houston Texans gave Indy sole possession of first place in the division.

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The Colts won this weekend, but how did the rest of the division do?  Let's take a look at how each of the four teams in the division fared:

Houston Texans (3-3)

Place: 2nd

Last Week:  Lost 28-33 to the Indianapolis Colts

This Week: at the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Texans fell behind early to the division rival Colts at home, but they didn't give up despite facing a 24-0 first quarter deficit.  Led by their three stars - Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and J.J. Watt - the Texans clawed their way back into the game, ultimately losing by five, however.  Foster rushed for 109 yards and two scores while averaging 5.5 yards per carry and Johnson notched 99 yards and a score through the air on seven catches.  Watt recorded 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 3 passes defensed, 4 quarterback hits, and a 45-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.  Yeah, Watt was dominant, and those three Texans were almost enough to lead the Texans back from the huge deficit, but Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, and the Colts' offense proved to be too much.  The Texans fell to 3-3 on the season.

Tennessee Titans (2-4)

Place: 3rd

Last Week: Won 16-14 over the Jacksonville Jaguars

This Week: at Washington Redskins

Behind three field goals and a Jackie Battle touchdown run, the Titans managed to pull out a close win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for their second victory of the season.  They sacked Blake Bortles six times and forced two turnovers, and despite being outgained in terms of total yardage, the Titans beat the lowly Jaguars.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)

Place: 4th

Last Week: Lost 14-16 to the Tennessee Titans

This Week: Host the Cleveland Browns

The Jaguars came incredibly close to notching their first victory of the season, but ultimately their comeback attempt fell short.  They gained more total yards and first downs than the Titans, and with 37 seconds left in the game they scored to pull within two.  A crazy onside kick recovery later and the Jaguars were in business.  They decided to kick the field goal early, however, and Josh Scobee's long, potential game-winning field goal was blocked.  The Jaguars' first victory is yet to come, though it was a competitive performance.  Blake Bortles showed promise, completing 32 of 46 passes for 336 yards and a touchdown with a pick, though six sacks and two turnovers by the offense hurt the cause.  The Jaguars will try to get into the win column next week when they host the upstart Browns.

Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Place: 1st

Last Week: Won 33-28 over the Houston Texans

This Week: Host the Cincinnati Bengals

The Colts won their fourth consecutive game on Thursday night, defeating the division rival Texans on the road to take sole possession of first place and improve to 3-0 against the AFC South this year (and notching their tenth straight win over division opponents).  T.Y. Hilton caught 9 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Andrew Luck continued his tremendous success, throwing for 370 yards and 3 scores.  Driven by aggressive coaching and terrific execution, the Colts jumped out to a 24-0 first quarter lead and, while the Texans made it competitive, the Colts never gave up that lead.  The Colts defense recorded five sacks and forced two turnovers in the victory.  The team hosts the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday in a big AFC matchup.