2019 State of the AFC South: Week 3

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Dante Fowler Jr. #56 of the Jacksonville Jaguars chases down and tackles Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on September 23, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Titans defeated the Jaguars 9-6. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Week 2 proved to be an important one in the AFC South with two divisional matchups that went down to the wire. Marcus Mariota and the Titans fell short on a final drive that could have knocked the Colts down to 0-2. Then, in Houston, the Jaguars went for the win with a two-point try in the final minute and Leonard Fournette could not break the plane of the goal line. Now, the division is knotted up at the top with Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Indianapolis all at 1-1. Week 3 starts with a divisional matchup on Thursday plus two other marquee matchups on Sunday. It should be a good week in the AFC South.

Current Standings

Indianapolis Colts 1-1, 1-0 in division

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Houston Texans 1-1, 1-0 in division

Tennessee Titans 1-1, 0-1 in division

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Jacksonville Jaguars 0-2, 0-2 in division

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thursday)

Tennessee looked to be on their way to a 2-0 start late in the game on Sunday. Leading 17-13 with the ball deep in Indianapolis territory, a touchdown would have wrapped up the game. Even a field goal would have put the Titans in a great situation. However, after Mariota took a sack on third down, Cairo Santos shanked a field goal and the score stayed where it was. Now, the Titans head into Thursday’s game needing a win to get back above .500. Jacksonville lost Nick Foles in Week 1, but almost pulled off a huge road win against Houston on Sunday. Now, they need a win to avoid going to 0-3

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Jacksonville hasn’t defeated Tennessee since 2016 and seems to have a lot of internal turmoil after Jalen Ramsey requested a trade. The Jaguars won’t be able to figure it out on Thursday and the Titans will come out with extra motivation after last week’s loss. Tennessee keeps pace in the divisional race with a road win.

Prediction: Titans 27 Jaguars 17

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Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are a competent kicker away from being 2-0 without Andrew Luck. Adam Vinatieri is the greatest of all-time, but he seems to have finally lost it. Now, they get the Falcons in their home opener trying to continue their solid play with Jacoby Brissett at the helm. Atlanta just knocked of the Eagles after Julio Jones took a screen pass to the end zone late in the fourth quarter. These are two teams coming off of big wins and looking for more.

The Colts have the home-field advantage and will pull out another tight win over the Falcons. Brissett looks to be more than competent running this offense and can take this talented roster back to contention this season.

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Prediction: Colts 24 Falcons 21

Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers

Houston could easily be 2-0 at this point in the season. However, the Texans could also find themselves winless after two weeks had the Jaguars’ conversion been successful. Now, we should finally find out what they truly are. The Chargers have one of the more talented rosters in the league and will be fired up after dropping one against the Lions on Sunday. If Houston can go into L.A. and beat the Chargers, they will solidify themselves as contenders in the division. However, if they fall short, there will be more questions about this team.

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I believe the Texans will struggle this week and drop to 1-2. Houston didn’t look all that impressive last week at home and won’t be able to score enough points on the tough Chargers defense.

Prediction: Chargers 28 Texans 17

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