AFC South: 2010 Week 3 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Colts 27, Broncos 13

September, 26, 2010
What It Means: The Colts stand even with the Texans and Titans each with 2-1 records in the AFC South. Houston’s opening day win over Indianapolis, however, gives the Texans an edge. The Colts played with typical precision, with big production from Peyton Manning and some nice red zone work from the defense in their 27-13 win over the Broncos.

Hero: Without two receivers who figured to be keys for them -- both Anthony Gonzalez and Pierre Garcon were out hurt -- the Colts got a monster day from Austin Collie. He caught 12 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns and looked like a crafty veteran though he hasn't played in 20 regular season games yet.

Trending: Manning has gone through the first three games without throwing an interception, while he’s already got nine touchdown passes. Denver had gone 15 home games without allowing a 300-yard passer. Manning finished with 325.

Significant stat: The Broncos scored only six points on five trips inside the Colts’ 20-yard line, turning it over on downs three times.

What’s Next: The Colts head to Jacksonville for their second division game to face the Jaguars, reeling after a beat down at the hands of the Eagles.

Wrap-up: Titans 29, Giants 10

September, 26, 2010
What it Means: A week after the Titans were overwhelmed by Pittsburgh, they bounced back and end up in good position in the AFC South at 2-1. They played tough defense and relied on the run game to beat the Giants, 29-10. When they stick with that recipe, they’re formidable.

What I Liked: Kenny Britt got more involved with a 13-yard touchdown catch, Vince Young played more of a game-manager role and Chris Johnson returned to familiar form with 32 carries, 125 rushing yards, and two touchdown.

Forcing Mistakes: Tennessee’s eight penalties for 80 yards weren’t good, but were more than offset by New York’s 11 penalties for 86 yards, which included four personal fouls. That suggests the Titans did well to walk away after the whistle while the Giants did not.

Unsung Heroes: Beyond blocking well for Johnson and the run game, the offensive line bounced back from a poor showing against Pittsburgh by allowing New York to record just one official hit on Young.

What’s next: The Titans host Denver at LP Field.