Kiefer O'Boyle is back to look at the AFC South.
Tennessee Titans (8-4) 13-36 New England Patriots (8-4)
Takeaway 1: Is there a lot we can really take out of this game? I don’t think so. What we had here was two of the better teams vying for the AFC title. The difference being one of those teams was missing a lot of components which made them a contender for said crown. Ryan Tannehill, as many would like to claim he is, is in fact not the reason why Tennessee is suddenly looking shaky both in terms of the division and conference. His skill position teammates were a who’s who of players I’ve never heard of. Coming up against an excellent Pats team playing as well as anyone in the league, I doubt this is a sign of anything that matters come the end of the season.
Takeaway 2: Tennessee have a chance to get back to winning ways and get healthy. They have the rest week coming up in week 13 then play host to the Jaguars. The Titans are still 3 games ahead and it would still take a massive collapse to let the division slip out of their hands. However, Titan eyes will start to turn and look at how the playoff seedings are shaping up and how that could impact their chances of making a decent run.
Indianapolis Colts (6-6) 31-38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3)
This was the game that got away for the Colts as they let a second quarter lead slip and allowed the Bucs to score 3 straight touchdowns. In the wider scheme of things this game will not have changed much in the division but similarly to the Titans, the Colts have a chance to get back to winning ways against the Texans next week and then their bye the week after. It could allow the Colts to go into the bye with a winning record and still very much in the playoff hunt.
Houston Texans (2-9) 14-21 New York Jets (3-8)
The battle of the most depressing franchises in the NFL went the way of the Jets as they won ugly to leapfrog the Texans in the draft order for next years draft. They never learn do they? Zach Wilson played horribly and then played quite well but it was enough to get the win. Texans killed any chance of winning this game with a number of penalties which extended Jet scoring drives. Texans be Texans.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) 14-21 Atlanta Falcons (5-6)
The best part of this game is that I’m just noticing it has the exact same result as the Houston game. This was another turgid Jags game with barely any production on offence. Lawrence was not good in this game either and it really should be worrying how little talent is surrounding him. Rams are up next for them.
Week 13 Preview
Indianapolis Colts (6-6) @ Houston Texans (2-9)
The Colts should be able to take care of business here and or fantasy owners of Jonathon Taylor, like me, will be hoping Reich lets the reins off.
Prediction: Colts 27-10
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) @ LA Rams (7-4)
There is legitimately zero chance of anything other than a Rams win here. Even with the Rams struggling recently.
Prediction: Rams 30-10
Titans - BYE