By Matt Citak
Because the NFL enters Week eleven of the 2017 season, it seems that the race for the AFC South crown has come down to 2 groups: the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars are 6-three and coming off an extra time win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Jacksonville has been driving the play of its stellar protection this season, because the unit is averaging a league-greatest 14.9 factors allowed per recreation and ranks third with 285.eight yards allowed per recreation. The Jaguars additionally lead the NFL with 35.zero sacks, six sacks greater than the subsequent highest complete, and are second in turnovers with 18. Defensive finish Calais Campbell and his eleven.zero sacks this season path solely DeMarcus Lawrence’s eleven.5 sacks for probably the most within the NFL.
The opposite workforce vying for the AFC South title is the Tennessee Titans, who’re at present tied with Jacksonville at 6-three. After being crushed fifty seven-14 by the Houston Texans in Week four, Marcus Mariota has led Tennessee to 4 consecutive victories. Mariota is averaging 247.eight passing yards per recreation throughout that span, whereas his fifty one dashing yards in Week 10 appear to point that the younger quarterback is getting nearer to one hundred pc after accidents slowed him down earlier within the season. The Titans beat the Jaguars 37-sixteen within the first assembly between the 2 franchises again in Week 2.
Whereas the Jaguars and Titans have discovered numerous success in 2017, the identical can’t be stated for the AFC South’s the opposite two groups. Each the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts misplaced their beginning quarterbacks for the season, with Deshaun Watson tearing his ACL in apply a couple of weeks in the past and Andrew Luck by no means capable of get well from offseason shoulder surgical procedure. Houston and Indianapolis, getting into Week eleven with simply three wins every, and with out their prime sign callers underneath middle for the rest of the season, shouldn’t have a lot of an opportunity to climb again into the AFC playoff image. Each groups hope to get their franchise quarterbacks again and absolutely wholesome for the 2018 season.
CBS Sports activities and INSIDE THE NFL analyst Boomer Esiason weighed in on the AFC South playoff race, and the way the division may come right down to a Week 17 battle in Nashville.
Esiason, together with Phil Simms, Ray Lewis, and James Brown break down this and different NFL storylines all season lengthy every Tuesday night time at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime’s Inside The NFL.
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