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AFC South is up for grabs as Indianapolis Colts' regression continues

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On a weekend where three of the four teams in the AFC South lost, the only winner was Jacksonville, a team that traveled to London to beat the Buffalo Bills in come from behind fashion.

Regression

What has happened to the AFC South and the idea that Indianapolis was not only supposed to be the class of the division, but one of the frontrunners for a playoff and potential Super Bowl berth?

Is it odd that the only coach who may have total job security after the season is Ken Whisenhunt, and the Tennessee Titans may be playing for the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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These are the questions that surround four teams of uncertainty with all of them boasting losing records.

The Jaguars came from behind after squandering a 27-3 lead to win 34-31 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and now have a week off to hear from the fans that, even with the win, some want to see head coach Gus Bradley fired.

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Seriously? There is a joke somewhere, but for the life of me, I don't know where it is. Blake Bortles had a subpar game, but still managed to engineer the game-winning drive to get his team to 2-5 this season. 

To put things in perspective, Jacksonville has scored more points than a 6-0 Denver Broncos team with Peyton Manning at quarterback. Maybe the questions Paul McCartney had in the offseason about Bortles rather than talk about football with Manning have proven to be an omen of sorts.

Five teams own unbeaten records going into Week 8, which is unheard of. And the AFC South looks as cluttered as the NFC East. That just proves how out of whack this season has been, and it figures to get worse. 

Can some team, any team, step forward and take control? It's highly unlikely. As NFL.com explained, first place or not, the 3-4 Colts are reeling.

They are a bad football team being held back by a regressing Andrew Luck, an uninspired defense and a hot-seat head coach seemingly unable to instill discipline in his team.

Are we sure they can hold off a suddenly frisky Jaguars squad averaging 28-points over the past three games? The defense looked better, especially in the second quarter on Sunday, scoring two touchdowns and controlling the first half of the game in London. 

Jaguars building

Does the week off help or hurt this team? When you are 9-30 in Gus Bradley's tenure in Jacksonville, more time to prepare is always a good thing.

Jacksonville had not won in London until yesterday, three years into a four-year agreement to play a home game across the pond.

For there to be normalcy in the division, Houston must find better play at quarterback and a replacement for Arian Foster.

The Jaguars need to find ways to hold onto leads, not squander them. Tennessee must hope Marcus Mariota can play like he did in the first week of the season. And the Indianapolis Colts must find a way not to implode in the front office and on the field.

It's a recipe sure to be changed over and over again. But until the division gets it right, the fight for the playoffs is up in the air. It's anyone's for the taking. And right now the teams other than Indianapolis look like they are in the driver's seat.

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