Only three of the AFC South teams were in action this past week as Jacksonville was on the bye. The division still isn't very good, which is good news for those of us who are Colts fans.
Houston Texans (3-2)
Looking Back: The Texans still have control of the division, but got thrashed by the Vikings last Sunday. The offense is still struggling to get going as Brock Osweiler continues to underwhelm. And really, that (and turnovers) are the biggest problem plaguing the Texans. Even without JJ Watt, the defense is pretty good. The offense needs to catch up. I read that Bill O'Brien would be taking over the play calling, so we'll see if that helps.
Looking Ahead: The Texans host the Colts in a huge Sunday night match-up. If the Texans win, they will have a strangle-hold on the division early in the season with a 2-0 division record, and tie-breaker over the Colts. The Texans will face a weak defense, which could be an opportunity for the offense to get back on track this season. Needless to say, this is a big game.
Prediction: I hate this. But with the game in Houston, and the Colts being unable to stop anyone, I'm picking the Texans.
Indianapolis Colts (2-3)
Looking Back: The Cots got a much needed win over the Bears on Sunday. The offense looked better this week, but they still need to figure out how to score touchdowns in the Red Zone instead of field goals. Speaking of field goals, Adam Vinatieri was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. On defense, the Colts were below average, again, and lost Darius Butler (again) to a finger injury.
Looking Ahead: As I mentioned, the game against Houston is huge. A win would pull the Colts even with Houston, and give them the tie-breaker, for now, meaning they would technically be in first place. This will be the first time Andrew Luck has faced Houston since the 2014-2015 campaign as me missed both games last year. For the Colts, this game likely will (as always) depend on how many points Luck and the offense can score. Because I don't think the defense stops Houston.
Prediction: As I noted, I'm taking Houston. Yuck.
Tennessee Titans (2-3)
Looking Back: The Titans put the smack down on a very, very bad Dolphins team. If this was the first time you watched the Titans, you would think they are a top team. They threw and ran the ball all over the Dolphins in what really was a dominating win. More important is that they let Marcus Mariota run the ball a bit more; that puts the QB more in his element. When the offense clicks like this, the Titans could be scary.
Looking Ahead: Honestly, the odds of the Titans moving up to 3-3 is likely this week. They host the Browns. The Browns have, at times, shown flashes, but then they lose another quarterback to injury. If Tennessee plays even remotely close to the way they did against Miami, they will win.
Prediction: Titans win. Should be an easy looking victory.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
Looking Back: Jacksonville was on the bye.
Looking Ahead: The Jaguars head to Chicago to take on the Bears. It's likely they will face Brian Hoyer, just like the Colts did. This game all depends on what Jaguars team shows up. They have played some close games, and have gotten blown away. Much like the Colts, the Jaguars have only played one team with a winning record to this point. A key will be Blake Bortles and if the Jaguars can get the passing game going. Regardless of that, though, the Jaguars should at least be able to pressure Hoyer more than the Colts did.
Prediction: You know what, give me the Jaguars this week.