The Tennessee Titans lost to the Houston Texans on Sunday and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Cincinnati Bengals. For the Indianapolis Colts, that’s pretty good news in the fight for second place.
The Titans and the Jags both dropped to 1-3 on the season, putting them behind first-place Houston at 4-0 and the Colts at 1-2. The Colts had there bye week this week. However, the team did not escape unscathed. The Colts received news that head coach Chuck Pagano will be out indefinitely to battle Leukemia. The Colts’ coach brings fire and much-needed personality to the squad and will be missed both in Indianapolis and in the AFC South. He has been in the hospital and is receiving care while the running of the team shifts to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
On the gridiron, the Titans struggled to score points as the Texans trounced them. QB Jake Locker left the game with a shoulder injury and is getting an MRI done to see the extent of the injury. Matt Hasselbeck could not lead the team to points against the tough Texans D either. Chris Johnson and the run game picked an odd week to get back in working order and even with balance the team could not seem to find answers for Wade Phillips’ defense.
The Jaguars also could not put up points against an ailing Cincinnati secondary. This speaks more to the Jaguars anemic offense rather than the skills of the Bengals’ defense (ranked 31st heading into the game). Blaine Gabbert completed many more of his passes than usual in the game but still failed to move the ball and could not seem to get the ball in the hands of his wide receivers. Maurice Jones-Drew was also limited and could hardly move the ball against a very strong front four for Cincinnati. In contrast, the Bengals couldn’t be stopped and were able to find some big plays after a fake punt that electrified the team and got them going.
All in all, it’s a bad week for the AFC South – except for the Texans who continue to roll.
Your AFC South Scores:
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars: 27-10
Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans: 38-14
– Luke N. Sims