Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

NFL 2013: AFC South Midseason Report Card

Yahoo Contributor Network

Every team in the National Football League has now played at least eight games this season.

Hence let's take a look at each club in the NFL and how they've performed at the halfway point (or slightly more in some instances.

We'll take some time this week to see what each team has done well this season, what improvement(s) need to be made and assign a grade to each club based on performance and combined with expectations. And to make things easy, we will do it on a divisional basis.

After looks at the AFC East, AFC North, NFC South and NFC West, it is time to head back to the other conference and the AFC South.

And feel free to give out your own grade(s) as well…

Indianapolis Colts (6-2)

Nice Work: Chuck Pagano's team has risen to the challenge on more than one occasion this season and have handed both the 8-1 Seattle Seahawks and the 7-1 Denver Broncos their only losses of 2013. And give credit to improving (yes, improving) Andrew Luck. A year after turning over the football a total of 25 times in 17 outings (including playoffs), the second-year quarterback has coughed up the ball just four times in eight games this season…

Needs Work: Outside linebacker Robert Mathis is having a banner year and is currently leading the league with 11.5 sacks. But the weakness of this unit in recent years has been stopping the run and that remains a bit of an issue. The Colts ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and have allowed at least 140 yards on the ground in half of their eight games this season…

Grade: A

Tennessee Titans (4-4)

Nice Work: Despite the fact that he missed two games after being injured in a Week 4 win over the New York Jets, third-year quarterback Jake Locker has really upped his game from a year ago. He's completing 61.5 percent of his passes, has thrown eight touchdown passes compared to only three interceptions, has not lost a fumble and has run for two scores. In 2012, Locker hit on just 56.5 percent of his throws and totaled more turnovers (15) than touchdown passes (10)…

Needs Work: Last season, the Titans not only finished 6-10 but were a woeful 1-5 within the division, the worst-such mark amongst the four teams. Mike Munchak's club still has five games left vs. their AFC South brethren, starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. But it is interesting to note that the last regular-season game won by both the Houston Texans and Jaguars was a victory over the Titans…

Grade: B-

Houston Texans (2-6)

Nice Work: Third-year defensive end J.J. Watt remains one of the best defensive players in the league and he spearheads a unit that has allowed the fewest yards per game in the league. The Texans allowed fewer than 300 yards per contest in each of their first six games in 2013. Unfortunately, things have gone south in a hurry for this team and Wade Phillips' unit is doing its best to keep it together…

Needs Work: Last season, Gary Kubiak's team won a franchise-record 12 regular-season games and committed only 17 turnovers in those contests. This season, the Texans have already given up the ball 16 times and have had six of those miscues returned for scores. At one time, quarterbacks Matt Schaub (4) and T.J. Yates (1) combined to have an interception returned for a touchdown in an NFL-record five straight games. It proved to be more than a little demoralizing for this club…

Grade: D

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)

Nice Work: Is this a trick question? When you are averaging less than 11 points per game and your offensive unit has scored seven touchdowns in eight contests (something the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles did last Sunday in one afternoon), it's hard to find positives. All kidding aside, wide receiver Cecil Shorts continues to be a bright spot. A year after catching 55 passes and a team-high seven scoring receptions, he leads Jacksonville with 46 catches this season…

Needs Work: With Gus Bradley taking over as head coach, there was a thought that the Jacksonville defense would make some strides. But this unit is allowing the most rushing yards per game in the league and no team has given up more points per contest. Consider this; the Jaguars have a combined 19 sacks (11) and takeaways (8) while allowing 29 offensive touchdowns. The lack of talent here is apparent, to say the least…

Grade: D+

Russell S. Baxter has been covering the NFL for 30-plus years on all platforms. He is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com, writes for numerous websites and publications across the country and is blessed with an encyclopedic memory. Ready to talk NFL? Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football
View Comments (1)