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AFC South Week Nine Update: Colts' Lead in the Division Grows

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We take a weekly look at the AFC South.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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 (4-5)

Place: 2nd

Last Week:  Lost 21-31 to the Philadelphia Eagles

This Week: Bye Week

The Texans were competitive for most of the game but lost to the Eagles by ten points in Houston.  The Eagles' lost Nick Foles in the game but backup Mark Sanchez entered the game and threw 2 touchdown passes to help Philly to a win.  Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 48% of his passes but threw for 203 yards and two scores (with a pick).  DeAndre Hopkins caught 6 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown and Arian Foster caught 2 passes for 63 yards and a score while adding 56 yards on 15 carrier rushing - the scare of the game, however, came when Foster was injured.  In what's incredibly good news for Houston, he's day-to-day and especially with their bye this week he isn't expected to miss any time.  Oh, and J.J. Watt notched 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 tackle for loss, and 5 quarterback hits.  The dude is incredible.  Ultimately, however, the Texans forced four turnovers at home against a team led by Mark Sanchez at quarterback and lost by ten points, yet remained firmly entrenched in second place in the AFC South.  That's about all you need to know about the state of the division.

Tennessee Titans (2-6)

Place: 3rd

Last Week: Bye Week

This Week: at the Baltimore Ravens

The Titans were on a bye, so not really much to report on.  They play the Ravens this week, which will no doubt be a very tough test.  The Titans remain in third place, having one more win than the Jaguars (and owning the tiebreaker at the moment as well with a head-to-head win).

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)

Place: 4th

Last Week: Lost 23-33 to the Cincinnati Bengals

This Week: Host the Dallas Cowboys

Despite facing defects of 16-points in the third quarter and again in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars never stopped fighting and actually drew within three in the fourth quarter, eventually losing by ten to the Bengals.  Blake Bortles completed 22 of 33 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns with a pick and Denard Robinson rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.  Allen Hurns had another big day, catching 7 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.  The Jaguars even won the turnover battle (forcing two and committing one), but none of that was enough for a road win over the Bengals as Jacksonville lost yet another game.

Indianapolis Colts (6-3)

Place: 1st

Last Week: Won 40-24 over the New York Giants

This Week: Bye Week

After a big loss a week ago to the Steelers the Colts looked much more like the team that had won five in a row than the one that gave up 51 points to Pittsburgh when they beat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football 40-24.  Andrew Luck threw for 354 yards and 4 touchdowns without an interception and four different Colts caught a touchdown in the win.  The team looked good all around - continuing their offensive success, resuming their defensive success, and continuing their elite special teams play.  All in all it was a great win for the team, and it was made even better by the fact that the team's lead in the division grew to two games.  Essentially, however, it's a two and a half game lead since the Colts own the tiebreaker over Houston.  With the schedule easing up following the Patriots' game after the bye, there's no reason to expect the Colts not to run away with this division.