The Houston have a bye week this weekend, but the rest of the AFC South is in action for Week 10.
The AFC South is currently led by the Houston Texans as they are 6-3 after the first nine games of the regular season. Being this is the bye week for the Texans in Week 10, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans all have a opportunity in front of them to gain a game in the standings on the Houston club.
Not all teams in the AFC South will gain a game on the Texans this Sunday, as the Indianapolis Colts are hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Tennessee Titans are hosting the New England Patriots.
Headed into their Week 10 game, both the Jaguars and Colts are 3-5 overall, tied for last in the AFC South. The Titans are 4-4 on the season as they face the Patriots who are 7-2 overall. In a closer look at the Jaguars at Colts game, the player to watch is Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
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This season, Luck has 23 touchdown passes with just eight interceptions, passing for 2,187 yards along the way. His team isn’t the most talented, leading to the Colts being two games under the .500 mark after their first eight games played.
The Jaguars are no where close to being the team that won the division last season. A difference this year is their offensive play is down with Leonard Fournette being injured for a good part of the season, and their defense isn’t what it was a season ago either. A positive for the Jaguars this weekend for Week 10 is the scheduled return on Fournette, as he is the spark for their offense and is much needed from this point forward.
For this game, look for the Jaguars to gain the win over the Colts and get a little closer to the Texans in the standings.
Now for the second-place Titans. They can be a dangerous team if they are able to put pressure on the Patriots offense, but that is easier said than done. The New England offense is playing better when everyone is on the same page, and it is tough to bet against Tom Brady when he’s being opposed by Marcus Mariota at this stage of their careers.
The Texans need to be fans of the Patriots this weekend, as a loss by the Titans would still keep every team in the division with a record of under .500 except for the Texans going into next Sunday when Houston faces the Washington Redskins on the road. This is a game where I see the Patriots defeating the Titans in Week 10.
Even on a bye, Week 10 sets up a big seven-game stretch for the Texans to close out the regular season. They have an excellent chance to make a push for the playoffs. It all restarts in Week 11 when the Texans hit the road for a game against the Washington Redskins.