What We Learned About The AFC South In Week 1
With just 16 games in the regular season, it is never too early to take a look at teams and try to make predictions. The AFC South went 3-1 collectively in Week 1, and it looks like it could be a fairly competitive division when it is all said and done. So what did we learn about all four teams?
The Colts were a popular pick by many to take a step back in 2013. Many felt that they overachieved a season ago, but they looked pretty impressive as a collective unit in Week 1. Quarterback Andrew Luck might not have made daily fantasy sports players happy with his pedestrian numbers, but he did what he had to do to get his team the victory. The Oakland Raiders were certainly no pushover, but it remains to be seen if their quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, was simply taking advantage of an average defense or if he turned the corner. As long as Luck controls the ball and minimizes his turnovers this season, they will contend.
Houston had to wait until late Monday night to get their opener out of the way, but they came away victorious against the San Diego Chargers. They were down as much as 21 in the 3rd quarter, and many were already ready to push the panic button. Matt Schaub was one of the best daily fantasy sports quarterbacks of the week, throwing for 346 yards and a trio of touchdowns. The Chargers limited Arian Foster pretty well, but Andre Johnson exploded for close to 150 receiving yards. Defensively, they still have a few issues, but this team is probably still the favorite to win the division.
There might not be such a thing as a Week 1 statement, but the Tennessee Titans turned some heads when they limited Pittsburgh to just nine points as they won their opener. The offense is still a struggle at times, but Chris Johnson should still be a reliable runner for them this season. Jake Locker only threw 20 passes for the game, but he was able to avoid any huge mistakes that could have cost them the game. This team probably still finishes third in the division, but they might be slightly better than people thought.
There was very little that went right for Jacksonville in Week 1, and the 28-2 score pretty much illustrates that. Blaine Gabbert really struggled, going 16-35 with a pair of interceptions. Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs exposed the defense, and there is a chance many quarterbacks will have nice daily fantasy sports days against them in 2013. It looks like a long season for the Jags, especially if the other three teams are better than advertised.