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AFC South Week Eleven Update: Colts' Lead Shrinks

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We take a weekly look at the AFC South.

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The Colts lost 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 (5-5)

Place: 2nd

Last Week:  Won 23-7 over the Cleveland Browns

This Week: Host the Cincinnati Bengals

The Texans notched a big win this weekend against the then-AFC North leading Cleveland Browns, 23-7.  It was the first start for Ryan Mallett with Houston and he played well, completing 20 of 30 passes for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns with a pick.  The Texans were without Arian Foster, but backup Alfred Blue stepped in and rushed for 156 yards on 36 carries.  J.J. Watt was once again incredible, recording 5 tackles, a sack, 3 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, and catching a 2-yard touchdown pass.  All in a day's work for the league's best defensive player.  The Texans' win brings them to .500 on the season and within one game of the Colts for the division lead (technically one and a half due to the Colts' tiebreaker).

Tennessee Titans (2-8)

Place: 3rd

Last Week: Lost 24-27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers

This Week: at the Philadelphia Eagles

All things considered, it might have been the best performance by the Titans all season long… and it still resulted in a loss.  The Titans held an 11-point lead over the Steelers entering the fourth quarter but went on to lose 27-24.  Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 15 of 24 passes for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns with a pick.  The Titans defense, however, allowed Le'Veon Bell to rush for 204 yards and a touchdown while adding 18 yards on two receptions.  The Titans went head to head with the Steelers and overall did well - but it wasn't enough, as the Steelers' victory dropped Tennessee to a lowly 2-8 on the year with a trip to take on the 7-3 Eagles looming.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9)

Place: 4th

Last Week: Bye Week

This Week: at Indianapolis Colts

The Jaguars didn't lose this weekend!  Repeat: the Jaguars didn't lose!  That's because they had a bye week, though.  So there's not much to report from this past weekend, though on Sunday they travel to Indianapolis to play the division-leading Colts in the second of two match ups this year.  A win over the Colts would be a huge bright spot in a terrible season for Jacksonville, but it's unlikely.

Indianapolis Colts (6-4)

Place: 1st

Last Week: Lost 20-42 to the New England Patriots

This Week: Host the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts lost - badly - to the Patriots this past weekend.  They allowed Jonas Gray to rush for 201 yards and 4 touchdowns while giving up 503 total yards and 42 points.  Andrew Luck actually had a good game for the Colts, completing 23 of 39 passes for 303 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a pick, but his team did nothing to help him - the Colts had 19 yards rushing, and 15 of them were from Luck.  Their defense couldn't stop anybody.  And the Colts were embarrassed on national television, dropping to 6-4 and with only a one and a half game lead in the division now.  So what's next?  Hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars, which is just what the doctor ordered.  From here on out, the schedule eases up considerably for the Colts.