AFC South Week 13 Preview

Here we are with our weekly AFC South preview. Let’s take a look around the division at the Week 13 match-ups. We also give you our score predictions and the latest on injuries and betting lines.

Washington (3-8)

Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Kickoff Sunday 12:00 PM on FOX

Wash Indy compThis game was set to be billed as the dual of the rising young quarterbacks. Andrew Luck of course was taken #1 overall in the 2012 NFL draft while Washington mortgaged the bank to move up and draft Robert Griffin III at #2 overall. Griffin has now been benched for Colt McCoy who will start Sunday against the Colts.

McCoy played well in relief of Griffin and backup Kirk Cousins who he replaced in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans. As the starter, he has gone 2-0 and completed 36 of 42 passes for 427, a touchdown and an interception. The Colts just need him to play efficiently as surely they intend to feed Alfred Morris against a Colts run defense which gave up 201 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray in Week 11.

Washington’s defense has played surprisingly well this year but will be tested by the Colts offense particularly Luck. The Colts own the #1 passing offense and average 323.1 passing yards per game. Luck is the league’s top passer in number of yards (3641) while T.Y. Hilton is is 5th in the league in receiving yards (1083). Ahmad Bradshaw is out for the season and undrafted free agent Robert “Boom” Herron got the start against Jacksonville.

Both teams could be without their best tight ends as Colts Dwayne Allen is out with an ankle injury and Washington’s Jordan Reed is questionable with a hamstring. Vegas currently has the Colts favored by 10. The Colts are 7-4 SU and 8-3 ATS this year while Washington is 3-8 SU and 4-7 ATS this year.

Final score prediction:

Washington 19

Indianapolis 35

New York Giants (3-8)
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10)
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Sunday 12:00 PM on FOX

Wash Indy comp

Many fans won’t remember the days when Tom Coughlin coached the Jaguars and they were good. Coughlin returns to Jacksonville with a team that’s well not so good to face a Jaguars team that isn’t very good. Let the bad football play on.

The Giants marginally have a better offense so long as “Good Eli” shows up to the party. The Jaguars defense held the Colts to 23 points in Week 12 which isn’t that shabby. The Giants average 21.2 points per game while the Jaguars give up 27.7 points per game. Giants Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has caught fire and running back Rashad Jennings is relatively healthy and has a nice complement in rookie Andre Williams.

Vegas has the Giants favored by three so the bet seems to be on them. The Jaguars defense ranks in the bottom of the league in many categories but has shown signs of improvement through the season. Unfortunately, the Jaguars have been bit by the injury bug and lost linebacker Paul Posluszny, defensive back Will Blackmon, and on offense wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Giants rankings Jags rankings

 Final score prediction:

Giants 28

Jaguars 13

Tennessee Titans (2-9)
Houston Texans (5-6)
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Sunday, November 30, 12:00 PM on CBS

Titans Tex comp

This is the second time these two teams have faced each other this season with the Texans winning the first game at LP Field 30-16. The last time the Titans won in Houston was on January 1, 2012 when the Titans beat the Texans 23-22 during Mike Munchak’s first year as head coach (the Titans went 9-7 that year).

The Titans offensive line is banged up and could be without starting left tackle Taylor Lewan and starting right tackle Michael Oher. The Titans just placed center Brian Schwenke on injured reserve. Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger made his first start in the Week 8 game between the two teams. The Titans lost that game at home 30-16 and Mettenberger threw for 299 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a lost fumble. He was also sacked twice by J.J. Watt.

Ryan Fitzpatrick once again faces his former team due to the season ending injury to Ryan Mallett. Fitzpatrick took care of business in the first game going 9 of 35 for 227 yards and a touchdown. Arian Foster returns for the Texans and he had 20 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns in addition to 22 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in that Week 8 win.

In addition to the injuries on offense, the Titans will be without outside linebacker Kam Wimbley (hamstring) and safety Michael Griffin is questionable (shoulder). Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson and outside linebacker Jadaveon Clowney are out against the Titans.

Final score prediction:

Titans 21

Texans 31

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