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Why the Titans can still win the AFC South

Week 4 in the NFL made no sense.

The Houston Texans – who were considered by many to be the biggest threat to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South – went into Atlanta and got shellacked 48-21 in a game that wasn’t that close.

The Texans have been extremely disappointing this season. PHOTO COURTESY HOUSTON TEXANS

The Texans have been extremely disappointing this season. PHOTO COURTESY HOUSTON TEXANS

As for those Colts? They won an atrocious game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, giving Indy yet another head-scratching win. Sure, there was no Andrew Luck for Indy, but the team still looked awful at times in moving to 2-2 on the season.

What did we learn from all of this? That’s a question with an easy answer: The AFC South is wide open.

Insert the Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota and company were able to sit back and watch the madness due to the team’s bye week, and there’s no doubt that the Titans felt a sense of relief.

Yes, Tennessee should be 2-1 at the very least right now. However, its 1-2 record isn’t as detrimental to its division title hopes as most thought it would be.

Everyone is having their issues. The Colts aren’t winning the Super Bowl. The Texans don’t look like a playoff team anymore. And the Jags proved on Sunday that they are still the Jags.

With that in mind, the Titans might actually be just fine. Of course, that’ll depend on how they exit the bye week and prepare for another mediocre team in the Buffalo Bills.

This was the week for head coach Ken Whisenhunt to find all of the nagging issues and at least take a positive step towards correcting them.

Could the Colts be chasing the Titans soon in the AFC South? PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Could the Colts be chasing the Titans soon in the AFC South? PHOTO BY DONN JONES, COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

We won’t know just how far the Titans have come since the unexplainable loss to the Colts in Week 3 until Tennessee takes the field against Buffalo. It’ll give us a chance to see if Mariota and the offense added any new wrinkles. It’ll also give us a chance to see if the defense has been able to tackle some issues in the secondary.

While a team isn’t measured by its first four weeks of the season, the Titans can’t afford to drop another home game. One isn’t the end of the world, but two straight against teams that are underachieving would be disappointing.

Then again, with how inconsistent everyone else in the division is, the Titans may be able to win the AFC South with six wins.

The Titans have to be consistent in a sea of inconsistent teams. That may not be all that hard to do.

The Colts have an upcoming schedule that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy. Indy goes to Houston, and then plays the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, and Atlanta Falcons all before Thanksgiving.

Given the way that the Colts have been playing, don’t expect them to come out of that unscathed. In fact, having a winning record after those five games may be unlikely.

The Titans? They don’t leave the friendly confines of Nissan Stadium until November.

Now is the time for the Titans to make their move. Because at this point, the AFC South title is completely up for grabs.

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