Texans are 21st in NFL.com Power Rankings


Sep 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) scrambles with the ball during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

How much to power rankings really mean?

In the CBS Sports NFL power rankings by Pete Prisco, the Texans are 13th, and in the newest edition of the NFL.com power rankings by Elliot Harrison the Texans are 21st overall.

What a difference of opinion, huh?

I tend to believe the Texans are closer to what Prisco thinks, as they are a Top 20 team for sure in the NFL.

In the NFL.com rankings it says:

"“Maybe we should all take a step back and realize that J.J. Watt is a 3-4 DE. Those guys are supposed to get six-to-eight sacks and be solid against the run. Watt is merely the best defensive player in the league, and believe it or not, has more touchdowns this season than Andre Johnson and Arian Foster combined.”"

The reasoning for the Texans not being in the Top 20 is Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his turnovers as the Texans’ starting QB.

In ’14, Fitzpatrick has five interceptions, but he does have five touchdowns as well. The problem is Fitzpatrick’s interceptions is all have come the past two weeks, which happen to be the two weeks where Foster hasn’t been able to give the Texans much of a running game.

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Foster missed week three ( a Texans loss) and had just eight carries for under 10 yards this past Sunday.

I believe if the Texans win against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, they should be a Top 10 team in the NFL. On the NFL.com power rankings list the Cowboys are ranked 12th overall.

The No. 1 team is the Cincinnati Bengals, who had a bye week last Sunday.

Either way you look at it, the Texans are an improved team from last season, but this offense still is worrisome when Foster is unable to produce on the field. I don’t trust Fitzpatrick as the starting QB, and if he can’t get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins or Johnson, it will be a long game for the Texans on Sunday.