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A handful of AFC South games await the division leading Colts after the bye week

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Intro: The Colts carry a two-game AFC South lead into their Week Eight bye week. Staring with Week Nine, the Colts will play a divisional game every other week to end of the season.



INDIANAPOLIS—The first two months of the NFL season is in the books for the Indianapolis Colts.

Sitting at 5-2, the Colts have a two-game lead in the AFC South in trying to “re-take” the South for the first time since 2010.

While the two-game lead after seven weeks might seem like a comfortable lead, the Colts players aren’t naive as to what lies ahead when they return from the bye week.

Beginning with the Texans on Nov. 3 and concluding with the Jaguars on Dec. 29, the Colts will play an AFC South opponent every other week to close out the final nine games.

“It’s divisional games, they are all crucial,” cornerback Cassius Vaughn said earlier this week. “We can’t go to sleep on Tennessee or Houston because we know that it’s a dog fight every time we play in the division.”

AFC South Schedule

 

Colts (5-2)

Titans (3-4)

Texans (2-5)

Jaguars (0-7)

Week 8

Bye

Bye

Bye

49ers

Week 9

@Texans

@Rams

Colts

Bye

Week 10

Rams

Jaguars

@Cardinals

@Titans

Week 11

@Titans

Colts

Raiders

Cardinals

Week 12

@Cardinals

@Raiders

Jaguars

@Texans

Week 13

Titans

@Colts

Patriots

@Browns

Week 14

@Bengals

@Broncos

@Jaguars

Texans

Week 15

Texans

Cardinals

@Colts

Bills

Week 16

@Chiefs

@Jaguars

Broncos

Titans

Week 17

Jaguars

Texans

@Titans

@Colts

Another interesting note in the Colts 2013 schedule is they will play each divisional team on the road first before playing three AFC South home games in December.

With trips to Houston (Nov. 3) and Tennessee (Nov. 14) in the first three weeks out of the bye week, the Colts have a chance to create some separation in the division.

“It’s pretty critical,” leading tackler Jerrell Freeman said of the stretch.

“Our first goal is to win the AFC South so the first step is when we first come back. It’s definitely important to us to enjoy the bye week but we’ve got to prepare.”

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