A huge win, a couple of losses headline Week 6 for the AFC South

Lisa Johnson
AFC South & East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

A huge win and a couple of lopsided losses highlight week 6 for the AFC South.

The Indianapolis Colts had a Week 6 bye, but the other three teams fought hard, with varying results.

Houston Texas
Deshaun Watson certainly didn’t need to explain to reporters about coverages following Houston’s Sunday come back win against the Kanas City Chiefs. Watson threw for 280 yards with one touchdown pass and scrambled for two more.

Running back Carlos Hyde padded his stats as well. Running for 116 yards with a touchdown of his own. Hyde was traded by the Chiefs to the Texans before the start of the regular season and you could tell this was a bit of a revenge game for him.

This match-up between Mahomes and Watson had been talked about all week by NFL analysis. With both quarterbacks being taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, people were ready to see them head to head. Two of the NFL’s most explosive quarterbacks against each other made for an exciting matchup, with neither disappointing. The Texans now take a 1/2 game lead on the Colts, with whom they will face off next Sunday in Indianapolis.

Tennessee Titans.
The moment many Titans fans were calling for happened on Sunday. In the 3rd quarter, trailing the Broncos and with zero points on the scoreboard, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel made the call to bench starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. The former #2 pick in the 2015 NFL draft was 7 of 18 for 63 yards, sacked three times and intercepted twice.

Trying to spark his offense Vrabel turned to former Dolphins first-round pick Ryan Tannehill. While Tannehill didn’t spark much of an offense, he went 13-16 for 144 yards 1 interception and was sacked 4 times.

The Titans’ defense did their part, continuing to hold teams under 20 points a game. Vrabel had no answers for his offensive struggles, although a combined 7 sacks from this offensive line might be a good indication of the problem. Vrabel remained unclear if he will turn to Tannehill or stay with Mariota. The head coach is expected to make his decision early in the week. Have we seen the end of the Mariota era in Tennessee? The Titans now drop to (2-4) and will host the (2-4) Los Angeles Chargers.

Jacksonville Jaguars.
Have we finally seen the hype for rookie phenom QB Gardner Minshew hit a brick wall? Minshew had his worst outing since he took over for the injured Nick Foles. With the Saints in town and Teddy Bridgewater making his 5th start for injured starter Drew Brees, both teams locked up in a defensive battle. There was little-to-no offense from either team, as they both only about 90 yards total offense the first half.

The second half saw the Jaguars defense help give their offense much needed a shot in the arm, but it was too little too late. Early in the fourth quarter, Bridgewater found tight end Jared Cook in the back of the end zone for the only touchdown of the game. Saints defense then held the Jaguars and their running back, Leonard Fournette, in check. Minshew’s numbers for the day: 14 of 29 with only 163 yards and 1 INT. The Jaguars (2-4) will travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals (0-6).

 

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