The Colts find themselves in a bit of a hole as they enter week 6 of the NFL season. They’ve been in every game they’ve played Eric Ebron Jersey Stitched , with the exception of the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Attrition Bowl they participated in on Thursday. Still, at 1-4, the team will face a tough climb to become relevant again. The good news is that they aren’t all that far behind the competition in an AFC that has been more toughly contested than many anticipated. The Titans and Jaguars sit atop the division at 3-2, with the Titans holding a 2-0 record in the division, but the Colts have all their remaining divisional games coming after their week 8 bye, which means they have a chance to get fully healthy before playing out some really important ones.At this point, the pressure is on the Colts to start making some moves and getting wins if they hope to compete in the division, but let’s look at the other teams in the division and see where they stand and what they face in the coming weeks.Tennessee TitansPhoto by Marc Serota/Getty ImagesDespite topping the division, the Titans haven’t been without their struggles. A slew of injuries have hit their offense, including tackle Taylor Lewan, Delanie Walker, and Marcus Mariota. As I wrote in the preseason, Delanie Walker is the best tight end in the division, and his loss is not a small thing. Marcus Mariota has struggled with nerve issues that have left his hand numb. Not what you want from your quarterback.However Youth Ryan Grant Jersey , the Titans defense has continued to play well and they are averaging 17.2 points per game allowed, which is tied for 2nd in the league with Jurell Casey having a great season so far. They haven’t exactly faced any truly potent offenses through this point in the season, but the fact remains that they are getting the job done. What is more significant for this team is the fact that their new coaching staff is doing a great job of raising the level of this team and getting them in position to win games. They have been well coached, which hasn’t been the case for the team in years past. I don’t expect the Titans’ play to dramatically drop of, because they have a talented defense and a good coaching staff. If they can put their offense together, they’re a tough team to play.Having said that, they’ve got a pretty tough slate of games up ahead, hosting the Ravens this week then heading on the road to face the Chargers and the Cowboys before finishing out the next four weeks with a week 8 bye.Jacksonville JaguarsJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsAs many people thought would happen, the Jaguars aren’t having a defensive year like what they did in 2017. It isn’t that their defense is bad-far from it. It also isn’t the dominant force that was the defense from 2017. That performance was always going to be tough to replicate. The truth is that the Jaguars have only faced one truly potent offense, and that occasion resulted in a convincing loss. Still, they find themselves at 3-2, 0-1 in the division.On offense, the team is up and down. They have been without Leonard Fournette for a while, and lost RB Corey Grant for the season during their game against the Chiefs. T.J. Yeldon has been dealing with ankle injuries Ryan Grant Jersey Stitched , and all these injuries have left the running back room a bit bare. That’s a big problem when you don’t have proven receiving weapons and you have to put TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins on injured reserve. Even though Seferian-Jenkins will be eligible to return late in the season, that leaves a long stretch of season where you are asking Blake Bortles to carry an offense without a lot of talent. That is not ever going to end well. The schedule ahead could be a tough one for Jacksonville, going on the road to face the Cowboys should be a winnable game, but then they’ll host the Texans and Eagles and both should be tough games against offenses capable of putting up lots of points. They will then have their bye week to recuperate.Houston TexansPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Texans have put together two tough wins in two weeks, and they’ve come in large part due to the return of the defense, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, to full strength. They don’t have the best defense in the league by a long shot, but when they get that pass rush going they are a tough team to beat. On the offensive side of the ball, the connection between Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins is strong, and Hopkins continues to be a devastating weapon on the outside, taking over the game last Sunday and getting his team in position to kick a game winning field goal. They will continue to struggle down the stretch on offense, because they simply cannot protect Watson or run the ball effectively with such poor offensive line play.The Texans sit at 2-3 with a 1-1 division record, but I expect them to continue to improve with games against the Bills, Jags Youth Matt Slauson Jersey , Dolphins, and Broncos over the next four weeks. ConclusionThe clear indicator after looking around the division is that the Colts have not been alone in being decimated by injury. The whole division is suffering from significant injuries. What may be the deciding factor in who wins this division is what team is able to either get back to a healthier place, or simply find playmakers who can stand in for those lost due to injury. The Colts face a critical next few weeks. If they aren’t able to put together some wins over the next 3 weeks, it won’t make any difference that they have a slate of divisional games in the back half of their season. They have to keep themselves within striking distance for that to be matter. If they can get some of their players healthy, they might stand a chance. It is still hard to believe that the Indianapolis Colts are playing football in January. Early in the season, even at 1-4, there were indications that Indianapolis was not as bad as its record indicated. Strange late-game mistakes or fluke-ish batted balls for interceptions resulted in maddening in-game self-destruction. The straw that broke the camel’s back for my hope in 2018 was the embarrassing loss to the New York Jets. It was a game the team needed to grab to right the ship. It was the beginning of a decidedly easier stretch in the schedule and the team had its back against the wall. Failing to capitalize made me question whether the potential I saw early was a season away from materializing.In what was certainly a test for the mettle of a young team and in a position where few would have blamed them for making excuses and packing things in, they did the opposite. The team came together with a refocused resolve to keep the season going. A new attitude to go 1-0 each week took hold, the offensive line got healthy and started to gel. For those who point to a relatively weak back-half schedule, you are correct. The Colts had a reasonably favorable path to going on a late-season run. However, it shouldn’t go underappreciated that the team broke the will of other hot NFL teams during that stretch, played through late-game adversity to come back out of early deficits, and refused to flinch under the reality that they could not afford to make mistakes.Now they have done the improbable. They have played their way into the playoffs after a 1-5 start, the third time a team has been able to achieve this feat in NFL history. Chris Ballard has been a part of two of those three teams. He has put the Colts in a position to face a familiar division opponent in the Wild Card round of the playoffs in only his second season as an NFL General Manager. What are the keys for the Colts to advance?LIMIT THE IMPACT OF WATT AND CLOWNEYHouston’s biggest defensive strength can be found on the edges. J.J. Watt has had an outstanding comeback season and is still capable of turning the tables in any game. He will face rookie right tackle Braden Smith Matt Slauson Jersey Stitched , and likely a pretty heavy dose of Ryan Hewitt and Mo Alie-Cox. Clowney will have to win against Anthony Castonzo and First Team All-Pro rookie left guard Quenton Nelson.If the Colts offensive line, a unit that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL in 2018, can continue to perform at a high level and limit the impact that Houston’s superstar edge defenders have on the game, it will go a long way to securing a Colts victory.CLOWN AROUND IN THE TEXANS SECONDARYHouston’s defense has shown real cracks defending the pass. T.Y. Hilton has enjoyed many of his best performances against the Texans, often in Houston. He is fighting through an ankle injury that has clearly caused him considerable pain but his production with the injury is his best and most consistent of the season.Even if Hilton is used as a decoy, Indianapolis should be able to utilize Chester Rogers, Dontrelle Inman, Eric Ebron, and Nyheim Hines heavily to keep the Texans guessing. Houston likes to play a lot of off-man coverage to limit big plays and force Andrew Luck to play mistake-free football. Frank Reich likes to utilize a lot of fast-developing, quick-release concepts in his passing offense. If Houston doesn’t find a way to slow things down, the Colts could have a very efficient day clowning around in the Texans secondary.STAY BALANCEDHouston has one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL. The Colts offensive line with a healthy Ryan Kelly has been one of the most effective run offenses, at least at times. This could be a strength versus strength opportunity. The Texans weakness in the secondary will certainly be appealing but nothing could do more to take the wind of the sails of Deshaun Watson and his offense than to make Houston one-dimensional by taking a lead and controlling the ball.The Colts offense is one of the more well-rounded units in the playoffs and if they can manage to get the ball moving on the ground, in the face of a defense that prides itself as taking that phase of the game away, it could help seal a big playoff win.CONTAIN AND HIT WATSONRookie linebacker Matthew Adams has played a big role in games against mobile quarterbacks. He comes in as a strong side linebacker and acts as an extra edge protector. If he can continue to be effective in closing the pocket and keeping Watson contained Womens Malik Hooker Jersey , internal pressure from Hunt and Autry, as well as well-timed blitzes, can exploit a weak Texans offensive line.Watson has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long. He makes up for that tendency by escaping the pocket and picking up yards with his legs. If he can’t escape, he will take sacks and may make mistakes trying to get rid of the football late.NO UNFORCED ERRORSIf the Indianapolis Colts eliminate unforced errors, they will be very difficult to beat in the playoffs. No mind-numbing interceptions to give Houston points on defense. No tipped passes for turnovers. No fumbles. Reduce or eliminate any failed trips to the red zone. If they play sound, disciplined football, fans should feel really confident about the outcome. If they don’t, they will have to look at themselves in the mirror and realize that they came up short of their potential in the post-season because they couldn’t stop hurting themselves at key moments and in key games.

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The Titans and Jaguars sit atop the division at 3-2, with the Titans holding a 2-0 record in the division, but the Colts have all their remaining divisional games coming after their week 8 bye, which means they have a chance to get fully healthy before playing out some really important ones.At this point, the pressure is on the Colts to start making some moves and getting wins if they hope to compete in the division, but let’s look at the other teams in the division and see where they stand and what they face in the coming weeks.Tennessee TitansPhoto by Marc Serota/Getty ImagesDespite topping the division, the Titans haven’t been without their struggles. A slew of injuries have hit their offense, including tackle Taylor Lewan, Delanie Walker, and Marcus Mariota. As I wrote in the preseason, Delanie Walker is the best tight end in the division, and his loss is not a small thing. Marcus Mariota has struggled with nerve issues that have left his hand numb. 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If they can put their offense together, they’re a tough team to play.Having said that, they’ve got a pretty tough slate of games up ahead, hosting the Ravens this week then heading on the road to face the Chargers and the Cowboys before finishing out the next four weeks with a week 8 bye.Jacksonville JaguarsJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsAs many people thought would happen, the Jaguars aren’t having a defensive year like what they did in 2017. It isn’t that their defense is bad-far from it. It also isn’t the dominant force that was the defense from 2017. That performance was always going to be tough to replicate. The truth is that the Jaguars have only faced one truly potent offense, and that occasion resulted in a convincing loss. Still, they find themselves at 3-2, 0-1 in the division.On offense, the team is up and down. They have been without Leonard Fournette for a while, and lost RB Corey Grant for the season during their game against the Chiefs. T.J. Yeldon has been dealing with ankle injuries [url=http://www.thecoltsclub.com/ryan-grant-jersey/]Ryan Grant Jersey Stitched[/url] , and all these injuries have left the running back room a bit bare. That’s a big problem when you don’t have proven receiving weapons and you have to put TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins on injured reserve. Even though Seferian-Jenkins will be eligible to return late in the season, that leaves a long stretch of season where you are asking Blake Bortles to carry an offense without a lot of talent. That is not ever going to end well. The schedule ahead could be a tough one for Jacksonville, going on the road to face the Cowboys should be a winnable game, but then they’ll host the Texans and Eagles and both should be tough games against offenses capable of putting up lots of points. They will then have their bye week to recuperate.Houston TexansPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesThe Texans have put together two tough wins in two weeks, and they’ve come in large part due to the return of the defense, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, to full strength. They don’t have the best defense in the league by a long shot, but when they get that pass rush going they are a tough team to beat. On the offensive side of the ball, the connection between Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins is strong, and Hopkins continues to be a devastating weapon on the outside, taking over the game last Sunday and getting his team in position to kick a game winning field goal. They will continue to struggle down the stretch on offense, because they simply cannot protect Watson or run the ball effectively with such poor offensive line play.The Texans sit at 2-3 with a 1-1 division record, but I expect them to continue to improve with games against the Bills, Jags [url=http://www.thecoltsclub.com/matt-slauson-jersey/]Youth Matt Slauson Jersey[/url] , Dolphins, and Broncos over the next four weeks. ConclusionThe clear indicator after looking around the division is that the Colts have not been alone in being decimated by injury. The whole division is suffering from significant injuries. What may be the deciding factor in who wins this division is what team is able to either get back to a healthier place, or simply find playmakers who can stand in for those lost due to injury. The Colts face a critical next few weeks. If they aren’t able to put together some wins over the next 3 weeks, it won’t make any difference that they have a slate of divisional games in the back half of their season. They have to keep themselves within striking distance for that to be matter. If they can get some of their players healthy, they might stand a chance. It is still hard to believe that the Indianapolis Colts are playing football in January. Early in the season, even at 1-4, there were indications that Indianapolis was not as bad as its record indicated. Strange late-game mistakes or fluke-ish batted balls for interceptions resulted in maddening in-game self-destruction. The straw that broke the camel’s back for my hope in 2018 was the embarrassing loss to the New York Jets. It was a game the team needed to grab to right the ship. It was the beginning of a decidedly easier stretch in the schedule and the team had its back against the wall. Failing to capitalize made me question whether the potential I saw early was a season away from materializing.In what was certainly a test for the mettle of a young team and in a position where few would have blamed them for making excuses and packing things in, they did the opposite. The team came together with a refocused resolve to keep the season going. A new attitude to go 1-0 each week took hold, the offensive line got healthy and started to gel. For those who point to a relatively weak back-half schedule, you are correct. The Colts had a reasonably favorable path to going on a late-season run. However, it shouldn’t go underappreciated that the team broke the will of other hot NFL teams during that stretch, played through late-game adversity to come back out of early deficits, and refused to flinch under the reality that they could not afford to make mistakes.Now they have done the improbable. They have played their way into the playoffs after a 1-5 start, the third time a team has been able to achieve this feat in NFL history. Chris Ballard has been a part of two of those three teams. He has put the Colts in a position to face a familiar division opponent in the Wild Card round of the playoffs in only his second season as an NFL General Manager. What are the keys for the Colts to advance?LIMIT THE IMPACT OF WATT AND CLOWNEYHouston’s biggest defensive strength can be found on the edges. J.J. Watt has had an outstanding comeback season and is still capable of turning the tables in any game. He will face rookie right tackle Braden Smith [url=http://www.thecoltsclub.com/matt-slauson-jersey/]Matt Slauson Jersey Stitched[/url] , and likely a pretty heavy dose of Ryan Hewitt and Mo Alie-Cox. Clowney will have to win against Anthony Castonzo and First Team All-Pro rookie left guard Quenton Nelson.If the Colts offensive line, a unit that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL in 2018, can continue to perform at a high level and limit the impact that Houston’s superstar edge defenders have on the game, it will go a long way to securing a Colts victory.CLOWN AROUND IN THE TEXANS SECONDARYHouston’s defense has shown real cracks defending the pass. T.Y. Hilton has enjoyed many of his best performances against the Texans, often in Houston. He is fighting through an ankle injury that has clearly caused him considerable pain but his production with the injury is his best and most consistent of the season.Even if Hilton is used as a decoy, Indianapolis should be able to utilize Chester Rogers, Dontrelle Inman, Eric Ebron, and Nyheim Hines heavily to keep the Texans guessing. Houston likes to play a lot of off-man coverage to limit big plays and force Andrew Luck to play mistake-free football. Frank Reich likes to utilize a lot of fast-developing, quick-release concepts in his passing offense. If Houston doesn’t find a way to slow things down, the Colts could have a very efficient day clowning around in the Texans secondary.STAY BALANCEDHouston has one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL. The Colts offensive line with a healthy Ryan Kelly has been one of the most effective run offenses, at least at times. This could be a strength versus strength opportunity. The Texans weakness in the secondary will certainly be appealing but nothing could do more to take the wind of the sails of Deshaun Watson and his offense than to make Houston one-dimensional by taking a lead and controlling the ball.The Colts offense is one of the more well-rounded units in the playoffs and if they can manage to get the ball moving on the ground, in the face of a defense that prides itself as taking that phase of the game away, it could help seal a big playoff win.CONTAIN AND HIT WATSONRookie linebacker Matthew Adams has played a big role in games against mobile quarterbacks. He comes in as a strong side linebacker and acts as an extra edge protector. 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If they don’t, they will have to look at themselves in the mirror and realize that they came up short of their potential in the post-season because they couldn’t stop hurting themselves at key moments and in key games.
 
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