NFL power rankings: Texans closing in on top ten


The Houston Texans are playing great football and finally after a fourth consecutive win, they are being shown some respect in the power rankings. Despite a three-game winning streak and a shared lead in the AFC South, they still were in the lower half of many rankings across various media outlets heading into Week 12.

After dropping the New Orleans Saints, and holding them without a touchdown for the first time in almost a decade, they are finally nearing top ten status.

Let’s see just how high they have climbed after their impressive victory;

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Pro Football Talk – 12th

"Few teams have improved more than this one during the season, and few can figure out how they did it." – 11th

"Houston goes as far as the defense takes it. That could mean the AFC South title or sixth seed. Who would’ve thought that, after allowing more than 500 yards to the dismal Dolphins, these Texans would go on to average a mere 250.5 yards allowed in the ensuing games? That’s 35.3 yards per game fewer than the Broncos’ top-ranked defense is giving up this season. So much for the game passing Romeo Crennel by …"

Yahoo! – 11th

"New Orleans had scored a touchdown in every game between Dec. 24, 2005 and Sunday. The Texans’ defense is on fire right now."

USA Today – 11th

"J.J. Watt appears on his way to a third defensive MVP award. Nobody’s pulled off that trifecta except Lawrence Taylor."

ESPN – 11th

J.J. Watt has 7.5 sacks and three multisack games during the Texans’ four-game winning streak. He had 6.0 sacks and two multisack games the first seven games (2-5 record).