The Colts and Titans battle, but the Texans stay on top of the AFC South

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @lj1303 

With the playoff race in the AFC heating up, the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans try and keep pace with the Houston Texans.

The Colts and Titans squared off against each other in Indianapolis on Sunday and the loser could find themselves two games back in the AFC South.

The last-place Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Week 12 could answer the question: Who wants to win the AFC South?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

The AFC South division is one that has been hotly contested so far this season.

With the teams all hovering around the .500 mark, this week has them going head-to-head to see who can take over the top spot.

The Houston Texans took on the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football, while the Tennessee Titans will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at 4:05 pm EST.

While the outcome of these games won’t reveal the ultimate winner of the division, it could be the beginning of someone breaking away from the pack.

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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.

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Lots of drama, storylines for the MNF double header

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It’s the first Monday Night Football of the 2019 season, it will be a doozy of a doubleheader, and not just because of the play on the field.

One team starts their quest to revenge what they see as a stolen NFC Championship, and two teams that had some offseason drama. And then there are the Broncos, who are just trying to right the ship. Add to this what will hopefully be great games on the field, and we should have a fantastic kick-off to Monday Night Football.

Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints
7:10p ET

I’m sure when the powers that be scheduled this matchup, they saw a team that felt cheated out of a possible Super Bowl, the Saints, and a team with a young, talented quarterback and a stout defense going head to head. And we could still get that game, but a few things have changed.

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Ed Reed: PFHOF Class of 2019

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter AFC East and AFC South

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

It has a pretty good ring to it.  Ed Reed:  Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

Ed Reed started his football career at Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana. Home of the Fighting Wildcats.

Reed was a multi-sport player in high school. Playing baseball, basketball and ran track and field. After High School,

Reed accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. Also, know as the U.

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In the “New NFL” who would be the winners?

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

For the past two weeks, Kate Arhar has written about more geographically pleasing divisions in the NFL.

I love the idea! It would be great to see some of the new rivalries.  It would be great to see the Cowboy fans, Saints fans, and Falcon fans go at it.

The AFC North rivalries would be awesome as well! While there weren’t too many big changes with the teams, there were some.

This week’s Blitzed NFL Insider’s featured article!

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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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A look in at the Texans

Sonja Greenfield OTFB Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

This week, I thought I’d write about the Houston Texans.

But, I’m going to be honest with you. As I started to think about what I was going to write about, I realized that I don’t really know too much about the inner workings of the Texans.  I don’t know their draft needs, who their free agents are. You know, the good stuff.

But I remembered someone who would.  One of our old friends Claire. Claire used to be our Texans reporter and co-hosted our podcast.  So of course, it was a no brainer to ask her!   Here we go!

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For the Colts, it will be a season defining game on Sunday

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt//  @JulieNoted_NFL

With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New Orleans Saints, and a Houston Texans loss to the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts were the sixth seed. In order to secure a playoff spot, Indianapolis has one more task at hand on Sunday Night Football:  beat the Tennessee Titans or simply  go home.

This Sunday means everything to this 9-6 team. With a win over the Tennessee Titans, they will earn a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2014.  With a Titans loss, Colts will secure the sixth-seed and earn a wildcard spot.  Here is where it gets interesting, with a win over Tennessee, and if the Houston Texans lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Colts will be crowned as the AFC South Champs.

This situation is also mirrored for the Titans, who are also 9-6 and are behind the Colts.

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Despite injuries, Titans beat the Texans

Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Titans 20 – 17 Texans

The Titans won their home opener without their top three defensive tackles and their starting quarterback. They also had help from some unexpected plays. 

QB Marcus Mariota was out with an elbow injury from last week’s game against the Dolphins.  He has not been able to grip and throw the ball well since he suffered a late hit during that game. Other injuries are also plaguing the Titans.   

Left tackle Taylor Lewan is out under concussion protocol, right tackle Jack Conklin is still recovering from ACL surgery and backup right tackle Dennis Kelly has been hospitalized with an unnamed virus. Filling in at the tackle positions were Kevin Pamphile and Tyler Marz. 

Jonnu Smith played tight end, replacing Delanie Walker who is out due to surgery he had on the ankle that he fractured  last week. 

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