By Hamish Girvan
The AFC South has always had much potential however it continually flatters to deceive. On Thursday night Football the Indianapolis Colts were taught a football lesson by the all reigning AFC Champions the New England Patriots. Their quarterback Andrew Luck (when healthy) can be a beast however his supporting cast can let him down a bit. This use to be a one team division when Payton Manning was at the Colts helm however they have now become also rans.
This weeks other AFC South Match ups
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs – Monday 6am NZ time
Jacksonville head into Arrowhead Stadium to face a red hot Kansas City Chiefs. The Jaguars for seasons have been the division’s (and the NFL’s) whipping boy’s however last season they made it to not only the playoffs but the AFC Championship game where they were beaten by the Patriots. They have built their team around a fearsome defence however they will have to be at their best against the Chiefs high powered offence. With ball in hand Jacksonville can ball it however this will be a true test for them. This should be a close one and Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles could take advantage of the Chiefs leaky defence. The Chiefs may nick this one however take the Jaguars +2.5 in a close one.
Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills Monday – 6am NZ time
The Titans are a bit of a slow burn under new head coach Mike Vrabel. Another coach from the Bill Belichick tree he seems to be making a difference and with quarterback Marcus Mariota seemingly fit they have a solid 3-1 record. The Titans are the only team that will compete in the division against the Jaguars at this stage. The Bills are one of the worst teams in the NFL wise (bar an aberration versus the Vikings) so the Titans should have no issues in accounting for them. Take Tennessee -4.5
Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans – Monday 1.20pm NZ time
A Texas match up that is not really a historical rivalry bizarrely enough. Houston have some potential and look as though they found their quarterback they needed in DeShaun Watson last season however that was cut short with a serious injury. Watson is back however he’s not quite back to what he showed last season. The Texans have only won once this season and here are pretty strong favourites however Dallas have a great running game even though they themselves are not on form Take Dallas +3.5 and the win.
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