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AFC South Week Four Update: Colts Still in Second Place

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We take a weekly look at the AFC South, and in week four the Colts got another division win but remain in second place.

Andy Lyons

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 (3-1)

Place: 1st

Last Week:  Won 23-17 over the Buffalo Bills

This Week: @ Dallas Cowboys (3-1)

The Houston Texans eclipsed their win total from a year ago with their third victory of the Season on Sunday, defeating the Buffalo Bills 23-17.  The Texans were led by their defense and most notably J.J. Watt, who continued his insane season.  He recorded 5 tackles, a pass deflection, 9 quarterback hits, and an 80-yard pick-six.  He's right up there among the early favorites for the league MVP award through the quarter mark of the season.  The Texans offense struggled a bit again on Sunday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two more interceptions, Andre Johnson lost a fumble, and the Texans averaged just 1.5 yards per carry as a team.  Watt and the defense has been good, however, and the Texans retained their spot in first place in the division for at least another week - but they travel to Dallas to take on the better-than-we-all-expected Cowboys.

Tennessee Titans (1-3)

Place: 3rd

Last Week: Lost 17-41 to the Indianapolis Colts

This Week: Host the Cleveland Browns

The Titans last week had the misfortune of playing Andrew Luck, the league's hottest quarterback.  The Titans pass defense entered the game ranked highly in the league, but Luck threw for 393 yards and 4 scores in leading the Colts to a dominating 41-17 victory.  The Titans offense, starting Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback, turned the ball over three times.  The Titans defense just didn't have an answer for Luck, and that resulted in them being blown out.  They're still in third place in the division thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but are currently on a three-game losing streak.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)

Place: 4th

Last Week: Lost 14-33 to the San Diego Chargers

This Week: Host the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Jaguars lost again, to the surprise of no one.  They were playing a tough Chargers team on the road, meaning they had to face Phillip Rivers - who, like Andrew Luck, is off to a phenomenal start to the season.  Blake Bortles made his first career start and he certainly had moments where he looked good, but he did throw two interceptions and Toby Gerhart lost a fumble (while averaging just 3.2 yards per carry).  The biggest problem the Jaguars encountered, however, was having to play Phillip Rivers, who threw for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The Jaguars dropped to 0-4 on the year and remain in last place in the division, and it doesn't get much easier for them as they play the Steelers this week.

Indianapolis Colts (2-2)

Place: 2nd

Last Week: Won 41-17 over the Tennessee Titans

This Week: Host the Baltimore Ravens

We already mentioned it, but the Colts beat the division rival Titans at home in dominating fashion, 41-17.  Andrew Luck continued his dominance, throwing for 393 yards and 4 touchdowns, and both Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton topped 100 yards receiving.  The Colts defense recorded three sacks and three takeaways as the Colts won their second consecutive division game in dominating fashion to even up their record at 2-2 on the season.  They remain in second place this week, however, and have a tough test this week with the Ravens coming to town.  The Colts are easily the highest scoring team in the division (and in the entire NFL), and their net points margin of +41 is easily the best in the division as well, a full 21 points better than the Houston Texans.  Both the Colts and the Texans have tough week five games before they meet in a week six matchup on Thursday Night Football.