AFC South Roundup: Week 5

We skipped the AFC South Roundup for Week 4 because, well… there was a lot going on surrounding the Titans COVID outbreak story and football needed to take a backseat for a moment. But with the Titans back, let’s get you caught up on where the rest of the division has been over the past couple weeks.

Indianapolis Colts (3-2)

Week 5 Result: 32-23 loss to the Browns

In Week 4, the Colts won 19-11 in Chicago in a game that was as ugly as the score. Week 5 saw them drop to 3-2 thanks to a loss to the Browns in Cleveland.

The Colts are pretty easy to figure out right now. They have a really good defense and a not-so-good offense. Through five games, Indy is ranked 2nd in the league in points per game allowed (17.6) and 1st in yards per game allowed (266). They also rank near the top of the league in turnover creation with 9.

Now, it is fair to point out that two of those dominant defensive showings came against the Jets and Bears, a pair of bottom five offenses. Against the Browns this week, the Colts defense was less dominant, allowing 385 total yards and 23 points (9 of Cleveland’s 32 points were a pick-six and a safety), but the Browns — believe it or not — are a top-five offense and Indy was without star linebacker Darius Leonard.

The Colts are pretty clearly the second best team in the AFC South right now, but they have some real problems to sort out on offense. They currently check in as the 25th best attack in the NFL according to Football Outsiders DVOA. We will jump into some of the reasons they’re struggling so bad below.

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Author: Mike HerndonAfter over 20 years of annoying his family and friends with constant commentary about the Titans, Mike started writing down his thoughts in 2017 for Music City Miracles. He loves to dive into the All-22 tape and highlight the nuanced details that win and lose football games. You can now find his tape breakdowns and Anthony Firkser love letters at Broadway Sports. Mike also spends time laughing at Lebowski and yelling at Zach on the Football and Other F Words Podcast.


  1. “Driving a stake in Houston” during the first half of the season would be a great next step forward in an overall great start to the season. And some good momentum for us to carry into that looming bout with Pittsburgh next week.

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