A bye week still had the Texans moving in the power rankings. Some publications had the Texans with a slight jump while others had them fall a bit. Yet, the average rank of the Texans for these publications is 25 for the second straight week. Here are each major publication’s Texans ranking in their respective power rankings.
Ranked – 28 | Last Week – 26
Losers of five straight, Houston hosts Indy after a well-timed bye. Step 1 on the redemption trail is figuring out if Case Keenum can thrive at QB.
NFL.com (Elliot Harrison)
Ranked – 25 | Last Week – 23
Hoping Case Keenum got a chance over the bye week to figure out what the heck he’ll be working with when he startsagainst the Colts next Sunday night. On the positive side: In his first start this season, Keenum cut his teeth against the best defense in the league. The negative side? Will he have a healthy running back to hand off to? Arian Foster (hamstring) is ailing, and Ben Tate is going to try to play with multiple broken ribs. What could be more fun than getting hit at full speed by 290-pound dudes when you have cracked ribs? Being an NFL player is so neato.
Sports Illustrated (Chris Burke)
Ranked – 27 | Last Week – 29
IMDB plot summary: “A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.”
Why it fits: The Oilers left town in 1996 after 27 seasons without a Super Bowl berth. Six years later, the Texans returned football to Houston … and their sudden downturn has the fans there jittery.
CBSSports (Pete Prisco)
Ranked – 19 | Last Week – 20
They come off their bye with a huge game against the Colts. Can they turn it around in the second half of the season?
Yahoo Sports! (Frank Schwab)
Ranked – 26 | Last Week – 23
Matt Schaub will sit another week because of injury, but Case Keenum deserved another look whether Schaub was healthy or not.
Houston Chronicle (John McClain)
Ranked – 26 | Last Week – 26
If not for Falcons, the Texans would be the league’s biggest disappointment. They have 1 more loss than last season.
Ranked – 24 | Last Week – 28
The Case Keenum Era continues this weekend when he kid makes his first pro start at Reliant against the Colts.
What do you think of these rankings? Texans too high on some? Too low?