There's Still Time for a Colts' Revival
By Julie Voigt
Special to Pro Football Guru
After six weeks, the AFC South has seen three of its teams in the midst of slumps. As the Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars (all 3-3), as well as the 1-5 Indianapolis Colts head into this weekend, it’s still way too ea3rly to figure out which of the four clubs will emerge from the mess of sorts.
The Texans are technically in second place at the moment. It’s amazing how this team has turned things around after starting the season 0-3. This week, Houston will travel to Jacksonville for a key AFC South showdown.
Doug Marrone’s team is currently on a two-game skid, the most recent setback a 40-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. Jacksonville has been having some recent struggles with injuries on the offensive side, as have the Texans. This will be an interesting matchup since this appears to be two teams headed in opposition directions.
Another team that has dealt with numerous injuries are the fourth-place Colts. Meanwhile, small mistakes are hurting this team. Frank Reich’s squad has dropped four games in a row and over that stretch has allowed a whopping 137 points. Quarterback Andrew Luck looks like a one-man show in terms of the offensive, which has been horribly imbalanced.
This week, the team will take on the Buffalo Bills. Sean McDermott’s club reached the playoffs a year ago but it’s off to a 2-4 start this year. And with quarterback Josh Allen out due to injury, it’s now up to Derek Anderson as Nathan Peterman struggled mightily against the Texans last Sunday.
Elsewhere in the division, the first-place Titans will head to London to face the Los Angeles Chargers. In Week 6, Mike Vrabel’s squad lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens, 21-0, in a game in which Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked 11 times. The team is having major offensive issues, scoring zero touchdowns in their last two games.
While the Colts are the only team in the AFC South with a losing record at the moment, they could get right back in the divisional race if they can string together a couple of wins. This Sunday’s clash with the Bills is followed by a visit to Oakland. After their off week (Week 9), Indianapolis has four games within the division over a five-week span.
It’s safe to say that the AFC South is still anyone’s Division. But it certainly hasn’t been pretty to date.
Julie Voigt, a former contributor for NFL Female (now OurTurf Football) is a freelance NFL writer. You can find her on Twitter (@JulieNoted_NFL), Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.