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AFC South Week Twelve Update: Colts were the Only Team in the Division to Win

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We take a weekly look at the AFC South.

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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 (5-6)

Place: 2nd

Last Week:  Lost 13-22 to the Cincinnati Bengals

This Week: Host the Tennessee Titans

In a game that the Texans really needed to win, they fell flat.  The Bengals were better in terms of total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, first downs, third down percentage, time of possession, and most importantly, points scored.  Arian Foster again didn't play, and this week Alfred Blue averaged just 2.9 yards per carry.  Ryan Mallett made his second start of the season and threw for 189 yards with a pick, though it was learned after the game that he has a season-ending injury.  That wasn't good news for the Texans, and Sunday's game wasn't any better.  Their only touchdown on the day came on a 60-yard interception return by Jonathan Joseph.  Credit him, but the Texans fell flat and in doing so fell to 5-6 on the year.

Tennessee Titans (2-9)

Place: 3rd

Last Week: Lost 24-43 to the Philadelphia Eagles

This Week: at the Houston Texans

Another week, another Titans' loss.  This one, however, came at the hands of one of the NFL's best, and from the opening kickoff the Titans were outmatched.  Seriously, the opening kickoff.  Philadelphia returned the opening kick 107 yards for a score, and their scoring didn't stop there either.  They held a 17-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and didn't let up, winning by a final score of 43-24.  For the Titans, Zach Mettenberger completed 20 of 39 passes for 345 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a pick, and tight end Delanie Walker caught 5 passes for 155 yards.  They actually won the turnover battle, as they picked off Mark Sanchez twice, but it wasn't enough for a victory as the Titans fell to 2-9 on the season.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)

Place: 4th

Last Week: Lost 3-23 to the Indianapolis Colts

This Week: Host the New York Giants

Well, the Jaguars reached a milestone this week: they were officially eliminated from playoff contention.  On Sunday against the division-leading Colts, the Jaguars actually managed to go into halftime trailing by just a field goal (6-3), but they couldn't hold Indy's offense forever and the Colts ended up winning by 20.  The Jaguars did have defensive success on Sunday, however, as they sacked Andrew Luck five times and forced three turnovers (all fumbles).  They held Andrew Luck to his second-lowest passing yardage total of the season, but the Jaguars had even more offensive struggles than the Colts did - and by a large margin, too.  Blake Bortles (who looked much worse than when he faced the Colts in week three) and the offense couldn't get anything going, and the only thing that prevented a shutout was the Jaguars getting handed the ball already in field goal range thanks to a Colts' turnover.  In the loss, Jacksonville fell to 1-10 on the season.

Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

Place: 1st

Last Week: Won 23-3 over the Jacksonville Jaguars

This Week: Host the Washington Redskins

We already touched on this game in the previous section so we won't rehash all of that here, but the Colts defeated the Jaguars 23-3 on Sunday.  Andrew Luck threw for 253 yards and a touchdown while adding 49 yards rushing while T.Y. Hilton caught 4 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.  The Colts managed a season-high 175 yards rushing and their defense put together another impressive performance against a poor offense, holding Jacksonville to just 194 total yards of offense and just 3 points.  The Colts improved to 7-4 on the year, won their eleventh straight game against the AFC South, and extended their lead in the division to 2.5 games.  Not a bad Sunday.