There is a new champion of the AFC South and they didn’t even have to win on Sunday to clinch the division title.
Sue to the lackluster play of the entire division this season, the Indianapolis Colts clinched the 2013 AFC South title Sunday, even though the lost to the Cincinnati Bengals by a 42-28 score in Cincinnati.
The way they clinched the division crown was due to the Tennessee Titans losing by a 51-28 score to the Denver Broncos, giving the Colts a three-game lead over them with a tie-breaker for the division with three games left in the regular season.
The Broncos won the AFC West with their win over the Titans
Indianapolis has an 8-5 overall record, while the Titans are 5-8. The Jacksonville Jaguars are 4-9 this season, and the Houston Texans are 2-11 overall.
Houston had won the previous two AFC South titles in 2011 and 2012.
As for the Colts, they are 4-0 in the division, with the Titans standing in at 0-4 against their foes of the AFC South. Jacksonville is 3-1 in the South, while the Texans are 1-3.
What can I say about this division for 2013 except the fact somebody had to win it, right?
I’m not saying the Colts are a bad team, but I thought they would be playing much better football this time of year than they are.
It is embarrassing the Colts are the only team in the division that can finish the regular season with a winning overall record, as long as they gain one more victory in the next three games, which I’m sure they will.
With the division title clinched, this is the second consecutive trip the Colts will make to the playoffs. They were a Wild Card team last season. Those playoff trips have come since drafting Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in 2012.
The Colts will host the Texans next Sunday, and finish up the season with games at Kansas City and vs. Jacksonville.
I see at least two more regular season wins in the future for the Colts, and an undefeated division record in 2013.
Congratulations to the Colts for winning the division championship.