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AFC South Offers Colts Chance at Playoffs

Through five weeks of the regular season, the AFC South has all four teams separated by just one game, which means the Colts are certainly in the thick of the division.

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That is how outside linebacker John Simon, accurately, describes the Colts current position within the AFC South.

Victories over the winless Browns and 49ers have the Colts at 2-3 through the first five weeks of the regular season.

That’s good enough for the Colts to be just one game behind the division-leading Jacksonville Jaguars.

As the years go by, the AFC South continues to be a division defined by mediocrity.

Of the NFL’s eight divisions, the division Indianapolis calls home is the only one that does not have multiple teams at .500 or better through the first five weeks.

It gives the Colts some serious hope as they begin to dive into their divisional slate of games.

The Colts have yet to play any of their six AFC South games here in 2017.

If Andrew Luck’s return does come somewhat soon, this division will see a quarterback who has dominated the other three teams in his career.

But the Colts have lost that stranglehold they used to have on the South.

After winning 16 straight divisional games from 2012-15, the Colts are just 4-5 in their last nine AFC South games.

For any realistic playoff hope this season, the Colts are going to have to probably win at least four of their six divisional contests.

With the scouring of divisions already beginning, Chuck Pagano is not looking at any standings, even if it offers his team some fortunate news.

“Honestly, I have no clue,” Pagano says of the current standings.

“We had one goal and one goal only and that was to start the second quarter of the season 1-0, and we accomplished that goal. So now, the goal this week is win one game, try to be 2-0 in the second quarter. We’ve got a division opponent on the road on Monday Night Football. It doesn’t get any better than that.”


AFC South Standings

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)

2. Houston Texans (2-3)

3. Tennessee Titans (2-3)

4. Indianapolis Colts (2-3)

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