Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Colts in good position to wrap up division
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- As tough as it may be to put the 30-point loss to the St. Louis Rams behind you, it's time to look ahead with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts are still in the driver's seat for their first AFC South title since 2010. They can extend their lead in the division to three games Thursday with a victory over the Tennessee Titans.
"You got to win your division," defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. "The only way you can win your division is you got to get through Tennessee. Tennessee is a good team. We're two games up, that really don't make a difference right now. If we don't beat them, they'll end up fighting for first place with us too."
The Titans are hurting. They not only lost to winless Jacksonville on Sunday, they'll also be without starting quarterback Jake Locker. He's out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.
Indianapolis is 2-0 in the division with four games remaining. The Colts play the Titans in two of their next three games, which means they can wrap up the division fairly soon because the Houston Texans are a mess and Jacksonville is, well, Jacksonville even after its victory over the Titans.
Winning the division will get the Colts at least one home playoff game.
A loss to the Titans makes things a little bit more interesting because Indianapolis' lead in the division will be down to a game.
"This is a playoff game for us," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "We have to win this football game and we play twice in three weeks, so I think we're going to find out real fast what our situation is when you're playing the top team in your division twice. So yeah, we dug a hole, no doubt about it, but there's still a way out and that's how we look at it."