We will keep this week relatively brief since the Colts were on bye and the Texans and Jaguars are both irrelevant to the division at this point outside of head-to-head matchups. The Titans dropping to 5-1 leaves them just one game ahead of Indy for the division lead, but thanks to their perfect 2-0 record in the AFC South, Tennessee is guaranteed to remain in first place for at least one more week regardless of Sunday’s results.
So let’s get into what happened around the division in Week 7.
Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Week 7 Result: Bye
Notable Injuries: None
The Colts are on the mend coming off their bye week. Star linebacker Darius Leonard returned to practice for the first time in a couple weeks, albeit in a limited capacity on Wednesday, as he works back from a groin injury. Rookie receiver Michael Pittman also returned to the practice field, as did edge rusher Kemoko Turay.
All three players are important pieces and Indy should see a boost from getting them back on the field if they do, in fact, play this week against the Lions.
Houston Texans (1-6)
Week 7 Result: 35-20 loss to the Packers
The Texans appear to be done with the 2020 NFL season. They’re now 1-6 with their sole win coming against the lowly Jaguars and they have J.J. Watt answering press conference questions like he’s in a hostage video.
This was a 28-7 game heading into the fourth quarter as Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams absolutely torched the Houston secondary with Adams going for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Texans offense started slow, saw their only strong drive of the first half end in a missed field goal, and then put up garbage numbers at the end of the game.
Now there are several reports that the Texans will be looking to sell off some players at the trade deadline to try and recoup some of the draft assets that Bill O’Brien spent while trying to be a “win now” team that couldn’t win. Will Fuller seems to be the primary target for other teams, including reports that the Packers are interested in the Houston speedster.
Fuller has been a pain in the Titans side for years, but seeing him get traded to Green Bay — Tennessee’s Week 16 opponent — would actually be bad news, though his notorious injury issues make him a 50-50 candidate to actually be available by that point in the season regardless of what team he’s playing on.