With the Titans getting a surprise bye week thanks to a rash of positive COVID test results this week, let’s take a quick look around the division and see how the rest of the AFC South is faring and what Titans fans can root for this weekend with their newfound free time.
Indianapolis Colts (2-1)
Week 3 Result: 36-7 win versus New York Jets
The Jets are an embarrassment, particularly on offense where they rank in the bottom five of the NFL in almost every statistic you could think of.
That being said, the Colts defense certainly looks legit. Through three games, they lead the league in fewest points allowed, yards allowed, first downs allowed, and interceptions. Yes, they’ve played what looks like a relatively cushy schedule with the Jaguars, Vikings, and Jets out of the chute, currently the 21st, 18th, and 32nd scoring offenses, but the Titans defense hasn’t looked nearly as good against two of those teams the past two weeks.
On Sunday, the Colts intercepted Sam Darnold on the first drive of the game and then gave up a 14-play, 88-yard touchdown drive on the second series. From that point on, the Jets managed just 137 total yards on nine drives, intercepting Darnold twice more and registering a safety for a second straight week.
The Indy offense was… fine, but they didn’t need to do a ton in this one. Their defense made sure they were working with good field position and scored 16 of the 36 points themselves. Philip Rivers was a very efficient 17-of-21 for 217 yards and one touchdown while Jonathan Taylor rushed 13 times for 59 yards and a score.
It’s just as weird to talk about the Colts being a defense-led football team as it is to talk about the Titans as an offense-led group, but that’s the reality for both teams at the moment. This division feels like it’s a collision course between Tennessee and Indianapolis. The two teams will play twice in the span of 17 days in November and those matchups will go a long way towards determining the winner of the AFC South.