Final Word: AFC South

October, 12, 2012
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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 6:

Excellent scrambling: From ESPN Stats & Info -- Andrew Luck has scrambled for a first down nine times this season, most in the NFL. His running abilities are extraordinary, and it’s a huge factor for a team that doesn’t rush particularly well with running backs. This week at the Jets, rookie Vick Ballard will work as the lead back because Donald Brown is recovering from knee surgery. It’s hardly all running for Luck, though. He has thrown three touchdowns in the last two minutes of the second or fourth quarter this season, tied for most in the NFL.

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Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesGary Kubiak and the Texans will try to stay perfect on Sunday against Green Bay.
Texans’ forecast: Under the current playoff format (since 1990), 38 teams have started 5-0, not including this season. Thirty-four of those teams made the postseason, 25 won at least one playoff game, and 16 reached the Super Bowl. Eight of them claimed the Lombardi Trophy. The Texans are hoping after Sunday night we’ll be updating these numbers for teams that started 6-0.

Slowing Rodgers: Green Bay is the second team to have a losing record through five games the season after winning 15 or more, joining the 1999 Vikings. A year after leading the league with 35 points per game, they are averaging just 22.4, which ranks 18th. Aaron Rodgers and the offense will face a Texans defense that has held opposing quarterbacks to a QBR of just 11.6, easily the best in the NFL.

Age and beauty: Reggie Wayne leads the NFL averaging 126.5 receiving yards this season, and has an average of nine receptions a game. No player Wayne’s age (he’ll be 34 in November) or older has ever averaged more than 91 receiving yards a game in a season. Wayne will see a lot of Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie played great last week for New York against Houston’s Andre Johnson. Wayne has been targeted 28 times when lining up on the left side of the formation, and 28 times when lining up on the right side this season. In his past two seasons with Peyton Manning (2009 and 2010), 82.9 percent of Wayne’s targets came after lining up on the left side of the formation.

Also: The Colts have lost nine straight road games, tied for the second-longest active road losing streak. But the Colts also are 11-3 in 14 road games against the Jets dating to 1989. … Rodgers has lost three straight road starts for the first time since 2008, and he’s been sacked 17 times combined in those games. … The Titans get a weekend off after their upset of the Steelers, and could have Jake Locker back under center Oct. 21 in Buffalo. … The Jaguars have a bye and return to action in Week 7 at Oakland, with a trip to Green Bay the week after that.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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