Week 2 AFC South Roundup: Titans One Game Back of Texans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans dropped to 1-1 after their Week 2 loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys. The good news is that the rest of the AFC South went 1-2 for the week.

Here's the weekly look at how the Titans' three division rivals fared.


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Houston Texans (2-0)

The Texans are the AFC South's only unbeaten team after a decisive 30-14 win on the road against the Oakland Raiders. It really wasn't a contest throughout with Houston taking a 27-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Two late touchdowns put the Raiders on the board.

In the first quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick found J.J. Watt for a one yard touchdown in the left corner of the end zone. Yes, defensive lineman J.J. Watt caught a touchdown because what does he not do for the Texans? The touchdown was his first career offensive score.

Fitzpatrick finished with an efficient 14-of-19 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The second score was a 12-yard pass to second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who now has touchdowns in consecutive games.

With the running game cruising and the defense dominating, it was a relaxing day for Fitzpatrick. The Texans ran for 188 total yards, while the defense intercepted rookie quarterback Derek Carr twice on the day.

Week 2 Star: Arian Foster – RB

The Texans running back posted 138 rushing yards on 28 carries with one touchdown. The game marked his second straight 100-yard rushing performance to open the season. Foster now has 53 total touchdowns in six seasons with the Texans.

Week 3 Matchup: at New York Giants (0-2) – 12:00 p.m. CT

Houston hits the road for the second consecutive week with a trip to the Meadowlands. The Giants are still looking for their first win of the season as they provide another good matchup for the Texans.


 

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Jacksonville Jaguars: (0-2)

The Jaguars got blown out by the Washington Redskins on Sunday to the tune of 41-10. The big story coming out of that game was Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, III leaving the game in the first quarter with a dislocated ankle.

Washington backup Kirk Cousins had no problem dissecting the Jacksonville defense the rest of the day with 250 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Alfred Morris paced the Redskins rushing attack with 22 yards on 85 carries and two touchdowns.

With starting tight end Jordan Reed out with an injury, Redskins second-string tight end Niles Paul led Washington receivers with 99 yards and one touchdown.

Jacksonville couldn't get much going offensively. Running back Toby Gerhart was held to eight rushing yards on seven carries. Quarterback Chad Henne finished with 193 passing yards, one interception and one touchdown to tight end Mercedes Lewis.

The Redskins' defense sacked Henne a ridiculous 10 times on Sunday with Ryan Kerrigan recording four by himself.

Week 2 Star: Josh Evans – FS

In a game with minimal bright spots, Evans posted 14 total tackles with one pass defensed.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-2) – 12:00 p.m. CT

This game will be the first divisional matchup of the season. Both teams are winless thus far so something has to give.


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Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

The Colts lost a heartbreaking 30-27 thriller on Monday Night Football at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. Indianapolis held a 20-6 third quarter lead before Nick Foles led his second consecutive 14-plus point comeback.

Down 27-20 with less than four minutes remaining, Foles hit Jeremy Maclin for a six-yard touchdown to tie the game at 27. The Eagles then forced a three-and-out to get the ball back with 1:56 to play. Consecutive passes to tight end Zach Ertz and Darren Sproles encompassed 41 yards to set up a 36-yard Cody Parker field goal as time expired.

Andrew Luck finished with 172 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Trent Richardson led the Colts in rushing with 21 carries for 79 yards. T.Y. Helton paced the Indianapolis receivers with 65 yards on six catches.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles had a monster game, catching all seven of his targets for 152 yards. He also rushed for 26 yards and a touchdown. Sproles has now scored in his first two games in Philadelphia.

Foles threw for 331 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while running back LeSean McCoy led the Eagles with 79 yards on the ground.

Week 2 Star: Ahmad Bradshaw – RB

Bradshaw might be second on the Colts depth chart, but he had a huge night on Monday. The running back ran for 70 yards on 13 carries, adding 26 receiving yards and two touchdowns on his five receptions.

Week 3 Matchup: at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) – 12:00 p.m. CT

As mentioned above, the Colts will go for their first win of the season in Jacksonville in the first AFC South matchup of the season.

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