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Is 3-Game Lead Enough for Colts to Hold onto the AFC South?
Posted By Chris Trapasso On November 15, 2013 @ 2:22 pm In Colts News | No Comments
It’s not officially official, but the Indianapolis Colts  are well on their way to the 2013 AFC South title.
To kick off Week 11, they erased a 14-point deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans  30-27 to move to 7-3 on the year, giving them a full three-game lead in the division with six games left.
Andrew Luck  completed 23 of 36 passes for 232 yards and scrambled for a go-ahead touchdown with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter.
The Titans were outscored 24-10 in the second half and allowed Donald Brown to rush for 80 yards with two touchdowns on 14 carries, while Chris Johnson accumulated only 16 yards after running for 70 in the first quarter alone.
Here’s a look at the current AFC South division standings:
Down the stretch, the Colts will play a few games that will likely have major implications on AFC playoff positioning, but the fact that they’ve gotten their divisional road contests out of the way is huge.
Week 14’s matchup with the Bengals and Week 16’s trip to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Chiefs are the most difficult games remaining on Indianapolis’ schedule, but the 5-4 Cardinals mustn’t be taken lightly, either.
No team has been mathematically eliminated in the AFC South just yet, but this tweet from Derek Schultz of WNDE 1260 AM  out of Indianapolis provides some insight as to what needs to happen for the second-place Titans to win the division:
— Derek Schultz (@Schultz1260) November 15, 2013 
In Schultz’s reactionary column , he wrote: “The division championship champagne is on ice. It could end as soon as Week 13.”
Here’s what’s ahead on Tennessee’s schedule.
While next week’s battle with the Raiders isn’t necessarily intimidating, back-to-back road games against the Colts and Broncos are quite daunting.
Even if Tennessee beats Oakland and Indianapolis loses to Arizona in Week 12, and the Titans somehow upend the Colts in front of their home crowd the following week, Mike Munchak’s team will still be a game back with a trip to Denver next on the docket.
The Houston Texans would need a miracle of their own to win their third-straight division title, and this is what their remaining schedule looks like:
Case Keenum has injected life into the Texans offense and the defense is still one of the better units in the AFC. But outings against the Patriots, Colts and Broncos make it hard to believe Houston, a team that essentially has to be perfect the rest of the way, will be able to jump Indianapolis late in the year.
The Colts certainly have business to take care of, but after winning seven of their first 10 games, they’ve found themselves in a tremendous situation to clinch the AFC South, an achievement that would guarantee at least one home playoff game.
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