Heading into week six of the 2017 NFL season the Jaguars had sole possession of first place in the AFC South. After a poor showing against the Rams they've fallen back into a three way tie for first. Let's take a look at the state of the AFC South heading into week seven. The Titans hold the tiebreaker because of their division record. They're 2-1 against the AFC South while the Jaguars are just 1-1, as are the Texans.
1. Titans (3-3)
2. Jaguars (3-3)
3. Texans (3-3)
4. Colts (2-4)
The Titans put forth a gutty Monday Night Football performance in a win over the Colts last night. Marcus Mariota, who was clearly still injured, willed the Titans to victory despite not being his usual mobile self. Mariota was able to stay in the pocket and deliver strikes downfield against a Colts defense that performed well for much of the game. The Titans face the Browns in week seven and should easily get to 4-3, even though the game will be played in Cleveland.
The Jaguars come off a performance in which their run defense was gashed, their special teams gave up 14 points and missed two field goals, and their offense floundered. They head north to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. The Jaguars parted ways with their kicker Jason Myers in favor of former Chargers kicker Josh Lambo. Lambo is deadly accurate inside 40 yards and has kept his PAT % above 90, something Jason Myers struggled to do. The Jaguars will be favored against the Colts and should win. But if the Jaguars fail to beat the Colts, it might be time to hit the panic button. The trade deadline is October 31st and there are a number of offensive additions that could potentially help the Jaguars pathetic passing attack.
The Deshaun Watson show is in full effect. Watson leads the NFL in TD passes and has ignited a spark in the Texans offense. Despite losing JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season, the Texans have life thanks to Watson's arm and his ability to make plays outside the pocket. Getting Will Fuller back has greatly aided the Texans offense as well. The young speedster at WR has found the end zone five times in just three games this season. The Texans have a week seven bye week, so they'll get some much needed rest before they head to Seattle to take on a tough Seahawks team.
Trading for Jacoby Brissett has proven to be a wise decision. Without the most experienced QB in the division, Andrew Luck, the Colts were figured to be one of the worst teams in football, and they probably are. But Brissett has made them competitive on offense and helped them not to quit on the season before it began. With their two wins coming over the lowly Browns and 49ers the Colts aren't likely to make a run at the division crown, but they are doing their darnedest not to full into relative obscurity. If they can pull off an improbable win over the Jaguars this Sunday the Colts will feel they can compete with anyone.
The division race is wide open at this point. The rest of the 2017 season is sure to be a fun ride in the AFC South.
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