Updated AFC South Standings 2018: Week 1
The first week of the AFC South games are completed. Where do the Houston Texans stand with the rest of the division following the first game of the 2018 NFL season?
The Houston Texans joined the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts by being AFC South teams to lose their first game of the 2018 NFL season in Week 1. The lone team from the division to win their season opener were the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville defeated the New York Giants on the road in Week 1 by a 20-15 score. The Texans lost a road game to the New England Patriots, 27-20. In a prolonged game due to the weather in Miami, the Titans lost to the Miami Dolphins also by a 27-20 score. Rounding out the AFC games, the Colts suffered defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-23.
Even with this being just the first games of the season for the AFC South it was easy to see the Jaguars were the most impressive team of the four, especially Myles Jack of Jacksonville having a Pick 6 against the Eli Manning and the Giants. Also in the AFC South, Darius Jennings of the Titans had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in their 7-point loss to the Dolphins.
Besides the big plays on the highlight reel, the play of the quarterbacks will be very important for all four teams in the AFC South this season. The Titans lost their starting quarterback Marcus Mariota to an elbow injury in the season opener, plus it didn’t help them to lose two starters in left tackle Taylor Lewan and tight end Delanie Walker as well in the loss. With quarterback play always being at the top of the list in the NFL, here is how the quarterbacks of the AFC South performed on Sunday:
• Deshaun Watson (Texans) — Passing: 17-of-34 for 176 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Rushing: 8 rushes for 40 yards, 1 fumble.
• Andrew Luck (Colts) — Passing: 39-of-53 for 319 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. Rushing: 1 rush for 7 yards.
• Blake Bortles (Jaguars) — Passing: 18-of-33, 176 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Rushing: 4 rushes for 42 yards.
• Marcus Mariota (Titans) — 9-of-16 for 103 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions. Rushing: 3 rushes for 15 yards.
• Blane Gabbert (Titans) — Passing: 11-of-22 for 117 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception.
The play of these quarterbacks saw just Luck be the only one to pass over 300 yards, and the duo of Mariota and Gabbert combined for over 200 yards passing. All of these quarterbacks have work to do going into Week 2, but for the Jaguars they are lucky they have a great defense on their side.
As for the standings, it isn’t a surprise the reigning AFC South champion Jaguars stand at top of the division standings following Week 1. Next weekend things will be interesting with the Texans traveling to the Titans, while the Colts will be at the Washington Redskins and the Jaguars host the New England Patriots.