AFC South: Week 2 Review

Lisa Johnson
AFC South Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Week 2 of the AFC South schedule saw all 4 teams battling each other for control of the South.

While the Texans and Colts have won 9 out of 10 seasons, the Jaguars and Titans are pushing to end that reign.

Both teams failed to gain any ground within the division, but it’s still early and there is a lot of football to go. This division could come down to the final games late in December.

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Although defeated, Colts are winners with Brissett

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_PFG

LA Chargers 30 – Indianapolis Colts 24 (OT)

Week one has come and gone for the Indianapolis Colts, and there is one thing for sure…Jacoby Brissett is the right man for the starting quarterback position.  Brissett appeared to be in complete control as he went 21 of 27, leading the offense to 376 yards, no turnovers, with a 77.8 completion percentage.

On Sunday, the Colts went to Los Angeles to face the Chargers as the NFL season kicked off. And although they played a good Chargers team that is always a Super Bowl contender, the Colts hung on. Ultimately they were defeated in a 30-24 loss in OT.

This matchup was nothing less than entertaining. When the schedule was released, it was felt that this matchup was going to be tough, and that was when QB Andrew Luck was still the starter.

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The battle for backup in Indy

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_PFG

With just a few days left until the kickoff to the 2019 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts get things finalized as they release the 53-man roster. And there were plenty of shock and awe situations, especially in the backup quarterback department.

Granted, Colts’ new QB starter Jacoby Brissett just got paid to the tune of a two-year extension worth $30 million dollars per Ian Rappaport of NFL.com, making him the franchise QB1 at least through the 2020 NFL season.

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AFC South – it’s all about the quarterback

 

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

NFL teams are all too familiar with quarterback issues. Whether due to injury or working to find just the right guy, many teams across the league struggle with this every season.

This year, however, it seems that especially in the AFC South, QB play is going to be the big deciding factor.

With the shocking news this week of the retirement of Colts QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis is the perfect place to start looking at this divison…

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“I Will Feel Like A Colt Forever.”

 

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG

Andrew Luck has retired from football.

As I try to follow up after this sentence, the words that I truly want to say are just not coming out the way I would like. But at the age of 29, the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback called it a career due to so many setbacks from injuries throughout his career.

“I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab-injury, pain, rehab-and it’s been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason. And I felt stuck in it, and the only way I see out is to no longer play football.” Andrew Luck stated in an impromptu press conference initially set for Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been stuck in this process and haven’t been able to live the life I want to live.”

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News from the AFC North

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Week two of the NFL Preseason has gone and plenty of questions have been left unanswered for the teams in the AFC North.

All four teams (Ravens, Bengals, Browns and Steelers) seem to have locked on to their starting quarterback. It’s going to be the position battles that most intrigue fans during training camp and the preseason. At last wide receiver Antonio Brown and his helmet issues are no longer a problem in this division! Good luck with that, Oakland!

But there were two really heartbreaking losses this week in the death’s of former Bengals running back Cedric Benson and Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake.

Let’s see what’s been going on in the North….

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The Colts have confidence in Jacoby Brissett (And maybe you should, too)

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG

Maybe it might feel like a repeat of the Indianapolis Colts 2017 Luck-less season, but believe it or not, the Colts have all the confidence needed in back up QB Jacoby Brissett.

And although those words are really hard to put together again, perhaps this might be a bit more encouraging… of course, that’s IF Brissett is needed past week one of the new season.

After the news from Colts’ GM Chris Ballard on Tuesday evening of yet another injury to 2018’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Andrew Luck will most likely miss the preseason due to a possible ankle injury. And of course as said before, flashbacks of the 2017 come to mind.

But in this case, this will not be a repeat of 2017.

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Colts find a gem in Parris

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG 

Rebuilding a team can take more than a season.  But when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, under the command of general manager Chris Ballard, the rebuild is almost complete.

During the rebuilding process, Ballard’s focus was to make over this team and gather young weapons to make a postseason run.  Perhaps we saw a preview last season when the Colts caught fire after a slow 1-5 start that eventually led them to a surprising postseason run.

Ballard started this process with his second-round picks. Particularly, of course, we all know the story of linebacker Darius Leonard, a player that Ballard drafted in 2018. Some questioned the pick.  But he now leads as one of the Top NFL Players 25-and-younger brigade along with Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson.  And don’t forget, he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018.

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Wrapping up the draft for the AFC and NFC South

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

This week I’ll be looking at the AFC and NFC South and how they did with their drafts.  I’ll ask 3 questions about each team.  Did they address their biggest need? Who will have the biggest impact? What could 2019 look like?

Let’s start with the Indianapolis Colts. After having a pretty strong offensive line, quarterback Andrew Luck, and Pro Bowl tight end Eric Ebron, the Colts focused on defense.  7 of their 10 picks were defensive.

Who could have the biggest impact? Former Michigan State safety Khari Willis.  He worked hard and was an impact player.  I think he’ll fit in nicely.  2019 for the Colts?  If their defense lives up to its potential, it could be tough sledding for the rest of the AFC South.

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The Colts are trusting the process

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG

Happy New NFL Year! It is the March Madness of the NFL. Legal tampering and free agency is well over a week old and it started off with quite a bang for some teams, including former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders and his former teammate, running back Le’Veon Bell to the New York Jets, and not to mention the huge trade that sent WR Odell Beckham, Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.  

And although these big name signings and teams were bringing the month of March “in like a lion”, the Indianapolis Colts were, and still are, very quiet in the trade talks.

The Colts, who currently hold the most salary cap space for the 2019 season, have little movement  going forward. Listening to many of his pressers and interviews, it should not be a shock that Colts’ GM Chris Ballard didn’t have any plans to sign any huge names or make big splashes. And there is nothing wrong with that, in my humble and honest opinion.

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