Tennessee Titans (6-2)
Score this Week: Won 34-31 (OT) @Colts
The Titans won a game they honestly should not have won. The Colts played better throughout, but dumb individual mistakes and some tough luck cost them. Still, key divisional win for Tennessee, as they pretty much clinched the division with their victory on Sunday (barring a dramatic collapse and a long Colts win streak).
The Titans were just starting to get healthy, but unfortunately for them, running back Derrick Henry is now out for the season because of a foot injury. Henry is perhaps the most important player on the team, as their offense is entirely built around him. Their success depended a lot on Henry. It will be interesting to see how Tannehill plays without Henry behind him.
Looking Ahead: @Rams
Can’t think of a tougher game to start their Derrick Henry-less season than against the red-hot Rams. QB Matt Stafford and the wide receiver duo of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods will probably have a field day against a depleted Titans’ secondary. I don’t see the Titans adjusting their entire offense quickly enough to be productive against such a tough opponent.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
Score this Week: Lost 7-31 @Seahawks
Tough game all around for the Jags, who were tormented by Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf all game long. Their offense could not get anything going on the ground, as they rushed for just 82 yards, or through the air, where Trevor Lawrence averaged just 4.4 yards per attempt and threw a bad interception on first down when the Jags were down just 7-0.
Starting running back James Robinson is questionable for Sunday with a heel injury. Otherwise, no new injuries to report for the Jaguars.
Looking Ahead: vs. Bills
While the Bills are not as dominant as I thought they would be, they are still a darn good football team, and among the best in the AFC. Josh Allen has continued his rise and is establishing himself among the elite NFL quarterbacks. All in all, the Bills just have too much talent for this game to even be close.
Houston Texans (1-7)
Score this Week: Lost 22-38 vs. Rams
3 touchdowns in the final 8 minutes helped polish what was a blowout for the Rams, as was expected. The Rams went into halftime with a 24-0 lead and scored two touchdowns in the 3rd to go up 38-0. Matthew Stafford threw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel ran the ball 23 times for 132 yards. This game was the definition of over before it even started.
Tight end Pharaoh Brown and defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson are questionable for Sunday.
Looking Ahead: vs. Dolphins
Tank bowl incoming! Duel of the 1-7 teams, as the Dolphins are perhaps in an even bigger mess than the Texans, with starting quarterback Tua Tagovaloia supposedly being abandoned by the front office in just his sophomore year.