Yesterday, I outlined the Path to the Playoffs for each team in the AFC South, since the division has really tightened up.
But that’s a lot of big picture. Let’s take our weekly look at the state of the division, as the season begins to wrap up.
Houston Texans (6-5)
Looking Back: The Texans lost (I thought surprisingly) at home against the San Diego Chargers. Against a suspect defense, the Texans only managed to put up 13 points, drawing more concern for their offense. This included three interceptions from Brock Osweiler. The loss was Houston’s second straight, as they are falling back toward the rest of the division. The defense is still holding steady, but against tough opponents, they need the offense to do...something.
Looking Ahead: It doesn’t get any easier for the Texans. They’ll travel to Green Bay (last I looked snow is in the Wisconsin forecast) to take on the Packers. On Monday night, Green Bay looked great, as Aaron Rodgers played another great game. If the Packers truly are hitting their stride, it could be tough for the Texans to keep up.
Prediction: Packers should win this one easily at home.
Tennessee Titans (6-6)
Looking Back: What an odd game. The Titans built a large lead, only to let the Bears, led by Matt Barkley no less, come fighting back. If the Bears receivers could catch, the Titans lose. Fortunately for Tennessee, that didn’t happen, and the Titans pulled within a half game of the Texans.
Looking Ahead: Titans are (finally) on the bye.
Indianapolis Colts (5-6)
Looking Back: There wasn’t much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving for the Colts. Andrew Luck and Clayton Geathers were sidelined with concussions. Then in the game, T.Y. Hilton, Vontae Davis, and Robert Mathis were all lost to injury. not good. Still, back-up Scott Tolzein kept the Colts competitive in the game. But injuries and mistakes doomed the Colts (again) against the Steelers.
Looking Ahead: The Colts get a longer break than normal as they don’t play again until Monday night against the Jets. The question, for both teams, is which version will show up. Will we see the Colts team that beat Green Bay and Tennessee? Or the one that showed up against Kansas City and the last four minutes in Houston? The same can be said for the Jets. Will they get the team that took New England to the brink last week? Or the one that lost a 9-6 game to the LA Rams?
Prediction: Honestly, I think the Colts should win. Doesn’t mean they will, but I’ll take them.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)
Looking Back: So close. Jacksonville played the Bills tough, but like many of their games, couldn’t quite close the deal. I think we say it a lot, but the Jaguars are close, but haven’t learned how to win just yet. The problem still seems to be the stagnant offense. Last week, Blake Bortles threw no interceptions against Buffalo. The problem was, he was 13-26 for 128 yards. Not good.
Looking Ahead: The Jaguars have one of the tougher games within the division this week, and they take on the Broncos. The key, as always, for Jacksonville will be the offense. Will they be able to move the ball against the Broncos defense? Probably not. I would be confident in Jacksonville’s defense stopping the Denver offense, but i don’t think Bortles will outscore them anyway.
Prediction: I’ll take Denver, but in a very close game.