Around The AFC South

We take a look at each of the Jaguars rivals and how they fared on Sunday. We also look at some key injuries that could affect the AFC South race.

Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books and the Jaguars find themselves tied with the Indianapolis Colts just one game out of first place. We are going to take a peek in with the Jaguars chief rivals and see what is going on.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts dropped their opener in Denver, 34-27. Indy struggled to run the football as Trent Richardson was their leading rusher with just 20 yards, and quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked five times and hit six others.

Bigger than the opening night loss was the loss of pass rusher Robert Mathis, who was lost for the season with a torn achilles. Mathis led the team with 19.5 sacks last season and was clearly the Colts best defensive player. Mathis is said to have injured himself during workouts, as he was serving a four-game suspension for the use of banned substances.

Next game: home vs. Philadelphia (1-0)

Houston Texans

Houston was a winner on opening day despite losing most of the statistical battles against the Redskins. The Texans were paced by the greatest defensive player on Earth, J.J. Watt who had three tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and five hits on Washington quarterback Robert Griffin, III. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a fairly efficient 14-22 passing, 206 yards, 1 TD/0 INT’s and Arian Foster looked to be in his former Pro Bowl form as he gained 103 yards on 27 carries.

The bad news coming from the victory was an injury to first-overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney will miss approximately 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus which he suffered in the third quarter of the 17-6 victory.

Next game: at Oakland (0-1)

Tennessee Titans

In one of the more surprising outcomes of the week, the Titans took to the road and dominated the Kansas City Chiefs, 26-10, in a game which wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. Tennessee and their revamped offensive line dominated in the trenches and the defense sacked Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith four times and forced three interceptions.

Quarterback Jake Locker played up to his first-round draft status as he completed 22 of 33 throws for 266 yards, 2 TD’s and no interceptions. His favorite target was former undrafted rookie Justin Hunter who caught three passes for 63 yards.

The Titans couldn't escape the injury bug as starting linebacker Zach Brown tore his pectoral muscle and will likely miss the rest of the season. It's a blow for Tennessee who was coming off a high during their opening day victory.

Next game: home vs. Dallas (0-1)

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