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NFL standings, Week 5: Breaking down the AFC South heading toward Week 6

The AFC South has wrapped up its Week 5 slate of games. We break down the standings and playoff implications as we move toward Week 6.

Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. (51) intercepts a pass on the goal line against the Washington Commanders in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC South doesn’t have a dominant team, but the division standings through Week 5 are not exactly shocking. It hasn’t been pretty getting to this point, but the traditional favorites in the division have the edge for the time-being.

The Titans slipped past the Commanders after a huge goal line stand. Linebacker David Long Jr. intercepted Carson Wentz at the one-yard line with six seconds left to get a key stop and secure the victory. They improved to 3-2 and have a half game lead in the division.

The Colts opened the week with an ugly overtime win over the Broncos on Thursday Night Football. Neither team managed a touchdown in the game and it was some combination of good defense and atrocious offense. Indy is a tough team to figure out given their wins over the Broncos and Chiefs, but then losses to the Jaguars and the tie with the Texans.

Speaking of which, the Texans beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville on a fourth quarter score. Dameon Pierce led the way and the Texans picked off Lawrence to close this one out. Jacksonville is one of the tougher teams to figure out in the entire league. They crushed the Chargers, but have lost to the likes of Houston and Washington — neither of whom is any good.

Below is a rundown of the AFC South division standings, each team’s opponent next week, and their division title odds at DraftKings Sportsbook heading toward Week 6.

2022-23 AFC South standings

AFC South Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
AFC South Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
Jacksonville Jaguars 8-8 vs. TEN +750 -225 -300
Tennessee Titans 7-9 @ JAX +175 +175 +250
Indianapolis Colts 4-11-1 vs. HOU -130 OTB OTB
Houston Texans 2-13-1 @ IND +3000 OTB OTB