Written by Dan Levy at The Comeback
The AFC South is terrible. Horrible. It’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad division. The Indianapolis Colts are in first place with a 6-7 record, solely based on the fact that three of those six victories have come from within the division. The division, mind you, that has a collective 20-32 record with a total net points of, and this is not a typo, -217 on the season.
The Colts, after Sunday’s disastrous loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, have a -81 net points and are still winning the division.
There are only three teams in football—San Francisco (-127), Cleveland (-117) and San Diego (-84)—with a lower point differential than the team in first place in the AFC South. Writers and fans have mocked the NFC East all season long for how terrible that division is, and even that division has a better record and higher net points than the AFC South.
The Houston Texans had a chance to take hold of the division with a win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night, but failed to keep pace with Tom Brady and the Pats, falling 27-6 at home in prime time. As if anyone expected a victory.
The Texans have one of the best receivers in the game this year in DeAndre Hopkins, and J.J. Watt is still widely recognized as the best player on the defensive side of the ball in the sport (note: Khalil Mack is on line two), but Houston doesn’t have much else. They certainly don’t have a quarterback.
Speaking of quarterbacks, the Colts could get better once Andrew Luck returns from a lacerated kidney. They could (really, they could), but the chances of Indianapolis even having meaningful games left to play by the time he comes back are dwindling. This is a headline on the Colts’ website on Monday: Injuries To Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck Complicate Availability For Colts Quarterbacks
Here’s the first line. Read this. Read it twice if you have to.
In the Colts most important game of the 2015 season, Charlie Whitehurst could be the starting quarterback.
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