AFC South Divisional Breakdown Week 1

Welcome to the AFC South throw down, where we recap the AFC Division games from this past weekend. A wild and crazy start to the NFL Season already with unforeseen results and injuries. Go ahead and grab a seat,

Let’s throw it down!!!

AFC South Teams went 1-3 this weekend. Three of the match-ups were against high powered offense and one more offense that was supposed to take the NFL by storm. Let’s check out the top performers from the AFC South:

  • Top Passing Performance: Marcus Mariota (14/24 248 yds 3 TD 0 INT 133.3 Rating)
  • Top Rushing Performance: Marlon Mack (25 CAR 174 yds 1TD)
  • Top Receiving Performance: DeAndre Hopkins (8 REC 111 yds 2TD)
  • Top Defense Performance: Tennessee Titans (3 turnovers 5 sacks 13PA 1TD)

Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns

Mannnnn was this game hyped up or what!!! It definitely lived up to the hype, just for the wrong team. The Titans walked into the Dawg Pound and chained up the puppies. 

Tennessee has never been known to have a good or even a bad defense. As we watched this defense outplay the new Brown offense, that featured so many weapons, we were in shock. Mayfield was never able to get going. On 4 total drives, the Browns offense were only able to move the ball over 30 yards and twice they scored a TD. The defense just never let Mayfield get settled in and when he thought he was he would end up tossing another interception, finishing with 3 on the day.

Before Sunday, many people have said, it’s apparent Mariota will never be the QB he was in college. Now, I’m still not buying him as an elite QB but he definitely performed well against the Browns. The Titans head home to welcome the Colts and without a doubt, expect them to start the season 2-0. Let’s see if Marcus Mariota turned the corner this off-season. 3 straight drives he led the Titans offense down the field to score TDs, while the defense intercepted Mayfield on both drives. TD, INT, TD, INT, TD. Scoring points on turnovers is a winning formula and Mariota took full advantage.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars

I can make this sweet and simple. The Chiefs are who we knew they were. They didn’t miss a beat from last season. They came in and torched the Jacksonville defense for 40 points. 

Some huge takeaways from this game include Tyreek Hill and Nick Foles being lost to injuries. Nick Foles was supposed to be the QB that could help their offense match their defense and win some games. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening. I look forward to seeing what Mineshaw is capable of though. He led 8 total drives, 4 didn’t end in points. 2 turnovers, 1 punt and the other ended the first half. For a back-up QB to come in and lead the team down the field and not have to punt is very impressive. 

Next week the Jaguars travel to Houston where they will face a tougher defense and start the season 0-2. 

Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angles Chargers

Before the last week of the preseason, the Colts were on a warpath and determined to make the playoffs with a legitimate chance at hoisting the Lombardy Trophy. 

Now we have Andrew Luck who retired out of left field and was replaced by Brissett. Not to be rude, but there is quite a bit off of a drop off between the two. However, after the game, it became apparent that the Colts offense can still score. Mack and TY Hilton led the way. 3 TDS between the pair, we all know what Hilton is and Mack is expected to carry the load. Both performed beautifully this past weekend. The loss this weekend is all on Adam Vinatieri. Two missed FGs is what allowed the game to be tied and pushed into overtime, where Indy’s offense didn’t get to touch the ball. 

Up next the Colts travel to Tennessee to face the Titans. If Brissett can not keep up with Mariota, the Colts start the season 0-2.

Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints

The first MNF game of the season was a beautiful one. Hands down the game of the week, a great battle between one of the greats QBs of all time and an up and coming QB. 

Some takeaways from the game. The Oline was missing the first rd pick Howard for this game, but still was awful. 6 sacks allowed!!! That needs to be the main goal of this team to adjust. Let Howard come back and Tunsil get settled in and the blind side should do much better. 

Watson led an offense that couldn’t get things going until the defense came up with a huge red-zone interception. That would lead to 3 straight Texans drives ending in Touchdowns. The Saints would match them scoring 2 TDs and a field goal during the same span. A costly interception would lead to a Saints TD and the lead for the first time of the night. Then in the shortest timed drive of the night for either team, would be a 2 play 75-yard touchdown drive that lasted only 13 seconds to put the Texans back on ttop with the lead. But with 37 seconds left on the board, Brees did what he does best and marched his team down the field for the game-winning FG. 

Next week the Texans host the Jaguars. If the Oline holds the Jaguars Dline in check, the Texans offense should be able to roll to a victory at home and start 1-1.

Next Weeks Schedule:

  • Jacksonville @ Houston-12:00 cst
  • Indianapolis @ Tennessee-12:00 cst

Current AFC South Standings:

Texans1-0
Titans0-1
Jaguars0-1
Colts0-1

My Predictions: The AFC South goes 2-2 in Week 2. Pretty easy to predict the record when it’s two Division games. See you next week when we throw it down!

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