As bad as the Colts have been, they could be first in the AFC South after Sunday

Jaleel Grandberry
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 06: Stephon Gilmore #5 of the Indianapolis Colts intercepts a pass in the fourth quarter during a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on October 06, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 06: Stephon Gilmore #5 of the Indianapolis Colts intercepts a pass in the fourth quarter during a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field At Mile High on October 06, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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The NFL season hasn’t been going how the Indianapolis Colts planned but they could still end Week 5 atop the AFC South.

The Indianapolis Colts are currently 2-2-1. While no team predicts having a tie, Indianapolis surely didn’t plan on having only two wins this late into the season. Especially since Indy opened the year with the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. After losing to both, and the Tennessee Titans in Week 4, the division race wasn’t looking so good for Indianapolis. But, things can change fast in the NFL.

After beating the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football, the Colts are currently tied with Jacksonville and Tennessee for first place in the division. That will change after Sunday unless both teams do something Indy did and find a way to tie in their games. Since that’s unlikely, Indianapolis could be anywhere from first to third in the AFC South after Sunday’s slate of games.

If both the Titans and the Jaguars lose, the Colts will stand alone at the top of the division. If both teams win, Indy will be in third place. If only one team between Tennessee and Jacksonville wins, Indianapolis will settle into second place. The winless Houston Texans will be in fourth place regardless but they’re a part of the equation because they are playing the Jaguars.

Colts could finish Week 5 atop the AFC South

While this is a possibility, it seems unlikely that either the Jaguars or the Titans will lose on Sunday. Based on how Jacksonville has played this season, it has to be the favorite over a Houston team that has lost to everyone except Indianapolis. The Titans, on the other hand, are playing the 1-3 Washington Commanders.

After being embarrassed by the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee has been rolling the last two weeks. That was evident when the Titans rolled through Indianapolis and defeated the Colts. The expectation is that they’ll do the same thing to a struggling Commanders team this week.

However, this is the NFL, and wild things happen. The Colts proved that by having a draw with the Texans, beating the Kansas Chiefs, and getting blown out by the Jaguars. Absolutely anything can happen on an NFL game day and Indy will be hoping that Sunday’s anything is the Titans and Jaguars losing so that Indianapolis will be the No. 1 team in the AFC South.

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