NFL Week 7 overreactions


By Rob Maaddi - AP Pro Football Writer



Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano yells from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano yells from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)


Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien looks up from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Texans 44-26. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) and tackle Taylor Lewan (77) walk to the sideline after the Atlanta Falcons' Robenson Therezie intercepted a pass to stop the Titans' final drive of the game in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The Falcons won 10-7. (AP Photo/James Kenney)


The AFC South is the NFL’s doormat.

The Colts (3-4) can’t beat any team outside the division. Houston (2-5), Jacksonville (2-5) and Tennessee (1-5) are 5-15 combined.

Instead of fighting for first place, they’ll be battling for the first pick in the draft.

It’s time for Week 7 overreactions.

Andrew Luck is struggling after missing the first two games of his career and Indianapolis has several issues. The Colts fell behind New Orleans 27-0 at home before scoring 21 unanswered points to make the loss a little closer Sunday.

They’re 0-4 outside the division and have three tough games coming up against Carolina (6-0), Denver (6-0) and Atlanta (6-1).

By the time they play the Jaguars in Week 14 and get a chance to win their 17th straight game against a division opponent, they could be 3-9 or 4-8. And, they’d probably still be in first place.

At least one South team will get a win this week because the Texans play the Titans.

Here are other overreactions from Week 7:

OVERREACTION: The Cowboys (2-4) will never win without Tony Romo. Matt Cassel replaced Brandon Weeden and threw three interceptions in a 27-20 loss to the Giants.

REALISTIC REACTION: If it weren’t for an interception return for a score and a kickoff return for a TD, the Cowboys would have won. It might be tough vs. Seattle and Philadelphia, but they play at Tampa Bay in Week 10.

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OVERREACTION: Dan Campbell will lead Miami to the playoffs. The Dolphins (3-3) are 2-0 since he replaced Joe Philbin as coach.

REALISTIC REACTION: They beat Tennessee and Houston. Now, the schedule gets real difficult with three straight road games at New England, Buffalo and Philadelphia coming up.

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OVERREACTION: Tom Brady is good enough to play 10 more years like he says. The 38-year-old Brady is on pace to throw for 5,477 yards, 43 TDs and 3 interceptions.

REALISTIC REACTION: He might be the greatest ever, but he’s not doing this into his late 40s. Maybe early 40s, though.

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OVERREACTION: Todd Gurley is the best running back in the NFL. The Rams rookie has run for more than 125 yards in three straight games.

REALISTIC REACTION: Gurley has been outstanding and he’s still working his way back after ACL surgery, but don’t put him in Canton after four games.

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OVERREACTION: The Falcons are lucky to be 6-1 after a 10-7 win over the lowly Titans, who were without Marcus Mariota.

REALISTIC REACTION: They’ve won four games by six points or fewer, but good teams find ways to win games no matter what.

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OVERREACTION: Don’t write off the Redskins. They’re 3-4 and only one game behind in the NFC East after Kirk Cousins led another big comeback.

REALISTIC REACTION: If the division wasn’t mediocre, they’d be out of the race. The schedule doesn’t help with games at New England and at Carolina sandwiched around a home game vs. New Orleans coming up.

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OVERREACTION: John Harbaugh will be the next coach to get fired. The Ravens are 1-6 following a 26-18 loss at Arizona on Monday night.

REALISTIC REACTION: Harbaugh won a Super Bowl less than three years ago and Baltimore has been a play away from 3-4 or 4-3.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano yells from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_106690208-cb4289dd119549c9a242b43d0ceb07dc.jpgIndianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano yells from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien looks up from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Texans 44-26. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_106690208-455572ff5ff44c7ba07a430adaf5280a.jpgHouston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien looks up from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Texans 44-26. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) and tackle Taylor Lewan (77) walk to the sideline after the Atlanta Falcons’ Robenson Therezie intercepted a pass to stop the Titans’ final drive of the game in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The Falcons won 10-7. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/10/web1_106690208-ef093e9291a149ac89511ba14c430707.jpgTennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) and tackle Taylor Lewan (77) walk to the sideline after the Atlanta Falcons’ Robenson Therezie intercepted a pass to stop the Titans’ final drive of the game in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The Falcons won 10-7. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

By Rob Maaddi

AP Pro Football Writer

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