This look at the power rankings needs to start with Yahoo sports being called out for putting the Indianapolis Colts six spots ahead of the Texans. Yes, the Colts knocked off the Broncos, but the Texans handled the Bengals in impressive fashion. This one demands a recount!
Other than that, the fact that Houston continues to climb is great, especially after seeing their name so low to begin this season. Here is a quick look at various media outlets to see how high up the team riding the three-game win streak has climbed.
"For the second straight year, Bill O’Brien is getting a lot more out of the offense than he should. He has done a nice job as the Texans have crawled back to .500."
Ryan Mallett oversleeping may have been the best thing that happened to this team.
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"Who ever would have thought NFL analysts would one day debate whether the Texans should start Brian Hoyer or T.J. Yates to keep their winning ways going? Yet, that’s precisely where Bill O’Brien’s team sits right now. He made the correct choice, clearly, to start Hoyer over Ryan Mallett, who has yet to catch on anywhere since getting bounced in Houston. Was he right go back to Hoyer for Week 12, as he confirmed Monday he would? Who cares? Though their signal callers would be considered backups by 30 other NFL teams, the Texans are right there with Indy atop the AFC South — and improved quarterback play is a large part of the reason."
"It’s still bizarre that the Houston Texans—a team that went 1-4 to start 2015—are now leading their division after three straight wins. So bizarre, in fact, that I’m still refusing to believe it’s true by slotting them much lower than the Indianapolis Colts.The Texans and Colts may share the same record in the AFC South, but Indianapolis simply has a far deeper offense, even with quarterback Andrew Luck out."
"J.J. Watt has surged to the top of the sack leaderboard with 7.5 in the past four games. It just so happens Houston has won three of those four. (Last week: 21)"
Yeah, Bleacher Report should be ashamed too, for those who may not have noticed both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets are ahead of the Texans. Ryan Mallett beat Tampa, T.J. Yates beat New York…moving on!