The Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and Indianapolis Colts are winning and it’s turning around a division viewed as weak.
Just a few weeks ago the teams in the AFC South were considered among the worst in the league. The division itself seemed to be crumbling as talking heads across the NFL media started declaring it a lost season and lamenting another sub-.500 team stumbling into the playoffs.
What has gone unnoticed since then has been the quick turnaround by those same AFC South teams.
In the last seven games, the AFC South is 6-1 outside the division (the Tennessee Titans losing to the Carolina Panthers being the lone loss) and 8-4 overall in the last 12 games. (h/t to user thevorminatheria on Reddit for the original notice and idea). The Houston Texans are 3-0 and the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts are both 2-1 over the least three weeks.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and Indianapolis Colts have all started winning and it’s going to make this lackluster division not only more interesting but downright entertaining as we enter the last few weeks of the season.
While the AFC South is still led by a team who isn’t above .500, the top three teams are all 5-5 or 4-6 and any one of them could steal away the title and get in the playoffs. Getting more than eight wins is now more than some pie in the sky dream, but a legitimate reality, even for the Jags.
While there are still some tough games on the schedule for the AFC South (Houston vs New England in particular) there are still a number of division matchups and games against teams like the 2-8 San Diego Chargers.
The division isn’t slumping anymore and while all of the national attention is following the unbeaten New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers and following the midseason slump of the Atlanta Falcons, the AFC South has quietly turned it around.
There’s a lot of football left to be played and there is still plenty of time for these teams to shoot themselves in the foot, but for now it looks like the AFC South is on the right track. Nobody is talking about it, but they should be.