An Epic AFC South Race

David Sanchez on Nov. 29, 2018

Don’t look now Houston Texans, but in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, there is a team from Indianapolis who is breathing down your neck. The Colts are on a winning streak themselves; they currently have strung together five wins in a row. The last time these two teams met, the Head Coach of Indy, Frank Reich, made the controversial call of going for it on 4th down in overtime with 27 seconds on the clock on their own 43-yard line.

When they failed to convert on the 4th down play, Deshaun Watson threw a 24-yard pass to Deandre Hopkins and spiked it to stop the clock with 4 seconds left. This action set up a 37-yard field goal to win the game for Houston and sparked a 7-game win-streak. Frank Reiche was clear to say when he decided not to punt, "We're not playing to tie We're going for that 10 times out of 10. That (play) has just got to work.”

To Frank’s credit, you play to win the game. If there are 24 seconds left and you only need three yards to convert and stop the clock to try to win against a division rival that most likely will be your biggest threat to win the division title, you take the chance 10 out of 10 times. He tried, and it didn’t work out. The Texans benefitted from it, and now with Houston and Indy being the two hottest teams in the division, there is even greater pressure to keep a streak going.

Don’t let the Colts 5-5 record fool you, their 5 losses were a difference of 7.6 points per game, just a one score difference. Their five wins, on the other hand, are a different story. They have been on fire, defeating teams by an average of 15 points. Andrew Luck is again looking like the number 1 pick in 2012, having a remarkable year throwing over 2,700 yds with 29 TDs and only 9 INTs through 11 weeks.

These two streaking teams make for a great Divisional race like we haven’t seen since 2012, Andrew Luck’s rookie year. It was also the year in which the Texans had their best stretch in franchise history, going 11-1 through the first 12 games. This AFC South Race will end in an epic battle to the top, with no team having any room to stumble.

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