Texans 26th in Fansided Power Rankings following bye week


Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (80) is tackled by Houston Texans strong safety D.J. Swearinger (36) and nose tackle Earl Mitchell (92) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Even on their bye week where they switched starting quarterbacks, the Houston Texans got no love, as they dropped one spot in the Fansided.com Week 8 NFL Power Rankings.

The Texans dropped from the 25th spot to No. 26 this week, as they are 2-5 overall with nine games left on their schedule.

Since their last game, the uncertainty at the quarterback spot has changed with Case Keenum being named the official full-time starter of the Texans, replacing longtime starter since the 2007 season Matt Schaub.

The Texans are also battling injuries at key skilled positions, with running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate not being up to their normal health.

The move for the Texans to give Schaub a seat on the bench is a smart move for all parties. Now is the time to see what Keenum is capable of doing for the rest of the season. Schaub can rest up, heal and get a job elsewhere next season, and who knows, the Texans might be able to pull out a few more wins before the end of this disappointing season.

Moving on, the Keenum makes the most sense for this team, right now. It might be the smartest move Kubiak has made all season.

Ranked one spot ahead of the Texans are the Atlanta Falcons at 25th, who are also 2-5, and ranked below them in 27th are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are also 2-5 on the season.

The top five teams in the rankings are the Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) in the top spot for the second consecutive week, followed by the Denver Broncos (7-1), the Indianapolis Colts (5-2), the Seattle Seahawks (7-1) and the New Orleans Saints (6-1).

AFC South counterpart, the Tennessee Titans, are ranked 17th as they are 3-4 on the season.

In their biggest move of the 2013 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) are no longer the worst-ranked team in the NFL, as they, also members of the AFC South, are now the 31st-ranked team by Fansided, moving ahead of the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now hold the last spot on the list.