Week 13 AFC South Roundup: Texans Keep Pace With Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The status quo remained unchanged at the top of the division while the Jaguars' win against the Giants tied them with the Titans for third place in the AFC South. 

Here's the weekly rundown for how the Titans' three rivals fared in week 13.


Indianapolis Colts (8-4)

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Andrew Luck overcame two early turnovers in another monster performance. His 370 yards and five touchdowns powered the Colts to a 49-27 win over the Washington Redskins.

Rookie receiver Donte Moncrief had his coming out party, catching three passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. That included a 79-yard catch and run for his second score. Coby Fleener had another big day with 127 yards and two touchdowns with T.Y. Hilton adding five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Hilton now has 1,145 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

With Ahmad Bradshaw done for the season, Daniel Herron continues to lead the Colts backfield. Herron finished with 88 yards and one touchdown, including a 49-yard burst in the second quarter.

Colt McCoy started for the Redskins in place of Robert Griffin, III and threw for 392 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Colts did sack McCoy six times, forced four fumbles and recovered one. Tight end Jordan Reed led the Redskins with nine catches for 123 yards. DeSean Jackson finished with five catches for 84 yards and one touchdown. Roy Helo and Logan Paulson caught McCoy's other two touchdowns.

Alfred Morris had a modest day on the ground with just 67 yards on 17 carries.

Week 13 Star: Andrew Luck – QB

In my mind, the top two MVP frontrunners are in the AFC South. Unfortunately for Luck, the award should go to J.J. Watt. Luck's 4,011 passing yards are easily tops in the league (Drew Brees in second with 3,748), and his 34 touchdowns trail only Peyton Manning (36).

Week 14 Matchup: at Cleveland Browns (6-5) – 12: 00 p.m. CT

The story of the game will be whether or not Johnny Manziel makes his first career start against Andrew Luck. Stay tuned.


Houston Texans (6-6)

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No need to spend much time here. Houston handed the Titans their sixth straight loss, a convincing 45-21 win from NRG field to get back to .500 at 6-6. The win keeps them two games behind the Colts in the AFC South hunt.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 358 yards and a Texans franchise record six touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins posted nine catches for 238 yards and two scores. Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Ryan Griffin and J.J. Watt caught Fitzpatrick's other four touchdowns.

Foster had 35 rushing yards on Houston's opening possession but finished with just 79 on 19 carries.

The Texans defense forced four turnovers on the day, including three interceptions of quarterbacks Jake Locker and Zach Mettenberger.

Week 13 Star: J.J. Watt – DE

Yep. Him. Again. Two sacks, six QB hits, a fumble forced, a fumble recovery, and his third receiving touchdown of the season. Just give him the MVP already.

Week 14 Matchup: at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) – 12:00 p.m. CT

It's back-to-back divisional games for the Houston Texans, who will head to Jacksonville in week 14.


Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10)

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The Jaguars stunned Eli Manning and the Giants, erasing a 21-0 deficit en route to a 25-24 win.

The game was rookie quarterback Blake Bortles finest moment as a pro, as he engineered an 11-play, 55 yard drive culminating in a Josh Scobee go-ahead field goal with 28 seconds remaining for the win.

Bortles finished with 194 passing yards and one touchdown, a 30-yard bomb to rookie WR Marqise Lee. The rookie receiver caught six passes for 75 yards, and the score was Lee's first of his career. Bortles also led the Jaguars in rushing with 68 yards and didn't throw a pick for the first time this season.

The Jaguars defense accounted for two of Jacksonville's three touchdowns. Geno Hayes sacked Eli Manning in the end zone in the third quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by J.T. Thomas for the touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Aaron Colvin recovered a Larry Donnell fumble and returned it 41 yards for the touchdown.

There were plenty of sacks in the game with the Giants sacking Bortles seven times and Jacksonville sacking Manning four times.

The win pulled the Jaguars even with the Titans at 2-10 for third place in the AFC South.

Week 13 Star: Blake Bortles – QB

His stat line wasn't sexy, but there's something to be said for a rookie quarterback's first fourth quarter comeback in the NFL.

Week 14 Matchup: vs. Houston Texans (6-6) – 12:00 p.m. CT

Jacksonville will look to get its second straight win in week 14 against division rival Houston Texans.

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