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State of the AFC South: Week 3

Another week is in the books. Obviously it's early, but the division is slowly starting to take shape. Kind of. Week 2 was slightly better for the AFC South than the first week of the season, but not by much.

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In Week 1, the Houston Texans notched a season opening win, the only team to do so in the AFC South. This week, the division, as a whole, went 2-2. So we saw some slight improvement. That improvement being in the record, and not necessarily the play on the field (looking at you Indianapolis offense and Jacksonville).

Houston Texans (2-0)

Looking Back: The Texans exacted some revenge on the Kansas City Chiefs this past weekend, finally beating Kansas City. It was another dominant defensive performance for the Texans as they held the Chiefs to a mere 12 points. However, the Texans offense left a lot to be desired. Brock Osweiler hasn't found a rhythm yet in Houston, which has hurt the passing game. With that, the running game struggled against the Chiefs as well. But a win is a win, so I don't think many Texans fans will complain. Worth noting is that Osweiler did appear on the Texans injury report this week with a back injury. Probably nothing serious, as the QB was a full participant in practice, but it's something to note.

Looking Ahead: The Texans pack up for their first road game of the season on a short week. Tomorrow night the Texans will kick off against the New England Patriots in what could be an intriguing game. The Patriots looked terrific against the Dolphins until Jimmy Garoppolo went down. Garoppolo's status for tomorrow night remains up in the air. I think it's doubtful Garoppolo plays, but it sounds like he might be a game time decision. If not, the Patriots will go with rookie Jacoby Brissett. On the Texans side, one thing to note is that one of Osweiler's starts last year was against New England, and he led the Broncos to a victory in that game.

Prediction: You've gotta take the Patriots at home, don't you? Even with Brissett, I think they win a low scoring game.

Tennessee Titans (1-1)

Looking Back: The Titans snared a narrow victory over the Lions last week. After trailing most of the way, the Titans held a one point led in the final minutes after and Andre Johnson go ahead touchdown. Yes, that Andre Johnson. It looked like Detroit would end the game in a similar way to Week 1. Late drive, last second field goal, close win. It wasn't to be as Matthew Stafford was picked off on the final drive, sealing a Titans victory. Much like the Texans, the Titans offense struggled, but did enough to get the job done.

Looking Ahead: The Titans return to Tennessee to take on the Raiders this week. The Raiders are coming off of a loss where they simply couldn't stop the Atlanta Falcons. It could provide the Titans with an opportunity to get the offense rolling. The matchup between the Tennessee defense and Oakland offense should be a good one. The Titans defense has been stout so far this year, but they haven't faced an attack like the Raiders have.

Prediction: Give me the Raiders here. I think their offense is too much for the Titans.

Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

Looking Back: The Colts journeyed out west to play the defending champion Broncos, and it didn't go well. The Colts offense struggled, the secondary was poor, and they trailed most of the game. Still, the Colts had chances to win the game, but couldn't pull through. The big story is injuries. Darius Butler will likely miss time with a hamstring, and Donte Moncrief will miss 4-6 weeks with a shoulder. Yikes.

Looking Ahead: The Colts also return home where they take on the Chargers in their third straight late afternoon kickoff (what's with that?). The Chargers looked incredible in the first half against the Chiefs, but blew that game. Then they turned around and destroyed the Jaguars last week. The injury bug is also hitting San Diego as they will now also be without Danny Woodhead.

Prediction: This one could be a shootout. If the Colts offense gets rolling early, I think they can out score the Chargers. Give me the home team...I guess.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

Looking Back: After a near win against the Packers, it looking like Jacksonville might be turning the corner. Then the Chargers game happened. The Jaguars were throttled by San Diego, not scoring until the game was well out of reach in the second half. The offense was, simply put, a disaster for Jacksonville. Worse was that they lost starting tackle Kelvin Beachum to a concussion. It wasn't a good day for the Jaguars.

Looking Ahead: The Jaguars return home, but it doesn't get any easier. This week they host the Ravens, fresh off their comeback effort against the Browns. As weird as it sounds, Jacksonville needs to follow a similar game plan to Cleveland and jump all over the Ravens early. I don't see Jacksonville giving up a 20 point lead if they get there. However, with a porous line, the Ravens could make it a long day for Blake Bortles if the defense gets rolling early.

Prediction: I'm not going against an experienced Ravens team. It could be another rough week for the AFC South.