Texans keep dropping; ranked 17th by ESPN.com


Oct 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) is unable to make a catch against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

For the third consecutive week the Houston Texans fell in the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings, dropping to No. 17 after five games with an overall record of 2-3 on the season.

The Texans’ most recent loss came against the San Francisco 49ers, losing by a 34-3 score on Sunday Night football.

Last week, the Texans were 15th in the ESPN.com power rankings.

This time around, ESPN wrote about the Texans:

"Matt Schaub has thrown more touchdown passes to opposing defenses (three) than teammates (two) in his past three games. Schaub’s four straight games with a pick-six is an NFL record.”"

The Texans deserve the ranking they received, maybe even lower as they have lost three consecutive games by a combined score of 84-35, with two of those three loss the team has been held out of the end zone. A lot of that is on the four interceptions that went for touchdowns, but the entire team is for the blame.

If the Texans don’t get things turned around against the 2-3 St. Louis Rams this upcoming Sunday, then I don’t see much hope with the team for the remainder of the season. The recent news of tight end Owen Daniels missing the next 4-8 weeks with a broken fibula doesn’t help their cause much.

The ESPN.com top five consists of the Denver Broncos staying in the No. 1 overall spot following their 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The remainder of the top 5 includes: the New Orleans Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts and the Seattle Seahawks.

As for the Colts, they are the leaders of the AFC South with a 4-1 overall record, with their most recent win coming against the Seahawks.

The rest of the AFC South includes the Tennessee Titans (3-2) ranked No. 14, dropping one spot from last week and the last-place Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 32. The Jaguars are 28-point underdogs headed into their game against the Broncos, the largest point spread given in history for an NFL game.