Five straight losses and five straight weeks where the Texans have dropped in the power rankings. The average rank of the Texans for these publications is 25. Here are each major publication’s Texans ranking in their respective power rankings.
Ranked – 26 | Last Week – 22
Case Keenum showed promise in a Week 7 loss to the Chiefs, but the Texans defense was dealt a big blow: Leading tackler Brian Cushing is out for the season.
NFL.com (Elliot Harrison)
Ranked – 23| Last Week – 23
Much respect for Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips coaching his guys up so soon afterhis legendary father’s passing – O.A. “Bum” Phillips represented everything cool about football in Houston, and he will be missed. Let’s give that Texans defense some credit for keeping Sunday’s matchup close; Houston held the Chiefs to under 4 yards per carry, forced two turnovers and gave up just 17 points. That’s a quality road effort.
Sports Illustrated (Chris Burke)
Ranked – 29 | Last Week - 28
During their five-game losing streak, the Texans are averaging all of 12.2 points. Only the Jaguars’ league-worst offense is operating at a worse clip than that (slightly shy of 11 points per game).
CBSSports (Pete Prisco)
Ranked – 20 | Last Week - 20
Case Keenum did some good things in his first start against the Chiefs. Does he stay in as the starter?
Yahoo Sports! (Frank Schwab)
Ranked – 23 | Last Week- 24
I’ll give them credit for the effort on Sunday. At this point, what’s the downside in giving Keenum another start at quarterback?
Houston Chronicle (John McClain)
Ranked – 26 | Last Week - 23
Texans have a 5-game losing streak for first time since 2005 season, when they finished a league-worst 2-14.
Ranked – 28 | Last Week - 23
When Case Keenum’s above-average (not great) performance against KC is your biggest highlight of the week, you’re in trouble.
What do you think of these rankings? Texans too high on some? Too low?