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A Look Around The AFC South: Week 4

Intro: Take a comprehensive look around the AFC South after the fourth week of action in the 2016 regular season.


INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday's Week 4 action was all about establishing some division supremacy in the AFC South, as all four teams found themselves locked into tough divisional matchups.

The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars, of course, got things going early in the morning with their matchup in London, while the Houston Texans played host to the Tennessee Titans.

And, after Sunday's action, it looks as if the Texans are doing just about everything they can to win their second straight AFC South title, as their 27-20 win over the Titans puts them at 3-1 and gives them a two-game lead over the rest of the pack, which sits at 1-3 after the Jaguars defeated the Colts, 30-27, at Wembley Stadium.

With that being said, here's a comprehensive look around the AFC South action during Week 4 of the 2016 regular season:• Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Indianapolis Colts 27
A sluggish start and a stalled — but spirited — comeback attempt at the end of the game ruined the Colts' first-ever regular season game in London, as the Jaguars came out on top, 30-27.

The sluggish start could be credited to an interception on the Colts' second drive of the game, when Andrew Luck was hit hard and the ball landed in the hands of rookie Yannick Ngakoue, giving Jacksonville terrific field position. The Jaguars would cash in not long after on a three-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Allen Robinson to go up 7-0 with 8:23 left in the first quarter.

Indianapolis would respond with two Adam Vinatieri field goals to make it 7-6 about halfway through the second quarter, but a one-yard Bortles run gave the Jags a 14-6 lead with 4:09 left in the first half.

Then, thanks to costly penalties in the Indianapolis secondary, Jacksonville was able to add a field goal just before the end of the second quarter to take a 17-6 lead into halftime. They'd get two more field goals in the third quarter to go up 23-6.

The Colts finally got it going in the fourth quarter, however. A Frank Gore one-yard touchdown run with 14:48 left cut the lead to 23-13, and then Luck found T.Y. Hilton for a two-yard touchdown with 7:06 remaining. All of a sudden, Jacksonville's lead was cut to 23-20.

But the Jags responded right back, as Bortles found Allen Hurns for a 44-yard touchdown play with 5:03 left. 30-20 Jacksonville.

The Colts weren't done, however. On a busted play in the defensive backfield, second-year wide receiver Jacoby Brissett broke free, and Luck found him wide open for a 64-yard touchdown, cutting the Jaguars' lead to just three, 30-27, with 3:03 remaining.

But despite getting a quick defensive stop, the Colts' offense was unable to convert on a 4th and 1 with less than two minutes left, when a pass intended for tight end Dwayne Allen was knocked away. The Jaguars would run out the rest of the clock from there.

Luck completed 27-of-42 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked six times in the contest. Gore finished with 16 carries for 68 yards — a 4.3 yards-per-carry average — with a touchdown — while Hilton had a game-high-tying seven receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Akeem Ayers and Erik Walden each has solo sacks for the Colts' defense, while Zach Kerr and Hassan Ridgeway split a sack.

Bortles completed 19-of-33 passes for 207 yards with two touchdowns, while T.J. Yeldon ran the ball 14 times for a game-best 71 yards. Robinson had a team-best five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Paul Posluszny had 1.5 sacks on the afternoon for the Jaguars' defense, while Sen'Derrick Marks had four of the team's 14 quarterback hits.

The Colts (1-3) play host to the Bears next week, while the Jaguars (1-3) are on their bye week.• Houston Texans 27, Tennessee Titans 20
It was the Will Fuller Show Sunday afternoon in Houston, as the rookie out of Notre Dame not only had 81 yards receiving and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans, but his 67-yard punt return for a touchdown broke a 20-all tie in the third quarter and gave the Texans their 27-20 win at NRG Stadium.

In what's becoming a trend, the Titans did have an opportunity to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining, but Marcus Mariota's pass to Andre Johnson on fourth down fell to the turf, securing a win for the home team.

The Texans actually jumped out to a 14-0 lead after Brock Osweiler threw touchdown passes on Houston's first two possessions, but the Titans were able to come back and eventually tie the game at 17, thanks in large part to two touchdown runs by DeMarco Murray. Houston added a field goal just before halftime to take a 20-17 lead, and the Titans would add their own field goal in the third quarter to tie it up once again, setting up Fuller's big return.

Osweiler completed 25-of-37 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions apiece. Lamar Miller had 19 carries for 82 yards. DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans' top receiver, was held to just one receptions for four yards, though he was targeted six times.

Quintin Demps had an interception for the Texans' defense, while Jadeveon Clowney had a sack, a tackle for loss and two quarterback hits on the day.

Mariota completed 13-of-29 passes for 202 yards and an interception. Murray had a game-best 25 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while Rishard Matthews had two catches for 82 yards.

Avery Williamson led the Titans' defense with 12 total tackles, while Brian Orakpo had the team's only sack on the afternoon. Jurrell Casey had three of the team's seven hits on Osweiler, who was picked by Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox.

The Texans (3-1) travel to take on the 4-0 Minnesota Vikings next Sunday, while the Titans (1-3) travel to take on the Miami Dolphins.

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