AFC South: 2010 Week 12 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Chargers 36, Colts 14

November, 28, 2010
Thoughts from the Colts' loss to the Chargers Sunday night.

What it means: Indianapolis could have taken a one-game lead in the AFC South, but another loss to San Diego and the first home loss of the season means the Colts are at 6-5, still even with the Jaguars and down a head-to-head tie-breaker. The Colts have not lost as many as five games since a 10-6, second-place finish in 2002.

Rare repeat: Peyton Manning threw four interceptions, the most since his six interception game on Nov. 11, 2007 in San Diego. It was just the second time in his career he’s thrown three picks in two consecutive weeks. The first was in 1998, when he threw three in the first two games of his career. He was under pressure all night, and at one point his own man, right guard Jeff Linkenbach, got pushed back into him by Antonio Garay.

What I didn’t like: The rushing offense was ineffective (1.8 yards per carry) and the pass offense was out of sync. A two-play sequence in the second quarter illustrated the troubles: Pierre Garcon appeared to let up on a deep ball he ultimately couldn’t catch up to before Reggie Wayne allowed a ball to sail between his hands.

Hard to believe: The Colts were just three-of-12 on third down, but they fared better than the Chargers. San Diego won this game despite going zero-for-eight on third down.

What’s next: The Colts host the Dallas Cowboys in Indianapolis’ final game of the season against the NFC East.

Wrap-up: Giants 24, Jaguars 20

November, 28, 2010
Some thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars' 24-20 loss to the New York Giants:

What it means: Jacksonville fell to 6-5 and could be out of first-place in the AFC South depending on the results of the Indianapolis Colts' games Sunday night against San Diego.

What I didn’t like: Courtney Greene failed to get Giants tight end Kevin Boss down after a 7-yard gain and he went 25 more yards for the winning score. Mike Sims-Walker let a pass bounce off his hands and turn into an interception for the Giants. Jacksonville had no sacks and just one hit on Eli Manning while New York had four sacks and 11 hits (including five by Osi Umenyiora) on David Garrard. The average gain per pass play was 3.1 yards for Jacksonville and 9.4 yards for New York.

What I liked: Garrard scrambled very well and his six carries for 41 yards were a big part of a solid rush day which topped 207 yards. The offense was 10-for-16 on third down while the defense allowed only three conversions in 10 chances for the Giants. The Jaguars ran 23 more offensive plays than their hosts and held the ball for 35:27.

What I want to know: Yes, the Jaguars were looking for a big play, but how could they allow back-to-back-to-back sacks of Garrard on the team’s final three offensive snaps?

What’s next: The Jaguars head to LP Field in Nashville looking to avenge a 30-3 Monday night loss in Jacksonville on Oct. 18.