Houston Texans improve in power rankings
The Houston Texans keep moving on up in NFL Power Rankings and on Monday they were selected past the middle of the pack as they continue their winning trend.
The Houston Texans are starting to make folks notice them in various NFL power ranking lists and that is the case this week as FanSided’s NFL SpinZone has moved the Texans past the middle of the pack, and into the Top 15 following the Texans’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
Randy Gurzi of NFL SpinZone, in his weekly NFL Power Rankings list, ranked the Texans 15th overall in the NFL, up two spots from last week’s ranking of 17th overall. Gurzi wrote of the Texans:
"“Now, the Texans find themselves all alone in first place in the AFC South. It’s not a tough division, but they’re a strong defensive team with a couple great weapons on offense …”"
The 15th place ranking is a perfect spot for the Texans as there are still questions that need to be answered and will be answered in the ensuing weeks. Houston has four straight wins and it has been exciting to see the season do a 180-degree turn from where it was after the first three weeks.
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I like the fact that Gurzi in his NFL SpinZone article wrote about how the Texans have a strong defense because that is true of the Texans and that has maybe been the most exciting part of the transformation of the Texans this season.
The defense of the Texans rank in the Top 10 in three of the four major categories in team stats. They are allowing 20.6 points per game (8th), 329.9 total yards per game (9th) and just 92.1 yards per game rushing (8th). For teams who have passed the ball against Houston, the Texans are still 13th in the league passing yards allowed at 237.7 ypg.
Zach Cunningham leads the Texans in tackles with 61, while J.J. Watt is still the team leader in sacks with seven on the season. Next on the sacks list is Jadeveon Clowney with 4.5 and as a team the Texans have totaled 19 sacks through seven games this season.
The Texans will have to follow their defense to stay in first place int he AFC South. If they keep up their style of play under Romeo Crennel on Thursday Night Football and for the rest of the regular season, the Texans will achieve the rare feat of making the playoffs after starting the season at 0-3.
Houston is now must-watch football for the fact they are such an intriguing team to watch. Plus, it will be very interesting to watch to see if the offensive line can improve to a level to where they can get the entire offensive equal with the defense. If that occurs imagine the headlines about the Texans in January.