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2015 NFL Power Rankings Roundup: Texans Sit At Lucky Number 13

Houston finally got back on track last Sunday against the Colts. See how their win impacted various power rankings across the national media.

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The Texans somehow got their first ever win in Indianapolis with Brandon Freakin’ Weeden at quarterback, and the national media understandably had no idea what to make of that. What most of them do think they know, however, is that the Texans are the 13th best team in the NFL.



Last Week


SB Nation


16 (up 3)




13 (no change)

Brandon Weeden will likely get the start on Sunday, which means the Texans will be on their fourth starting quarterback of the season. Five different Texans have thrown a touchdown pass this season.


17 (up  1)

Huge character win for Bill O'Brien and the Houston Texans on Sunday. Remember these few things before we clean the palette from Week 15:

a) Everyone thought the Texans were headed to 5-11 in early October.

b) Those same everyones thought defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel should get canned.

c) Brandon Weeden was out there leading O'Brien's team to victory. That is madness.

d) Oh yeah, and Houston had never won in Indianapolis in 13 tries before Sunday. Nope, not even Sage Rosenfels delivered there.

Bleacher Report


17 (up 4)

For the first time since 2008, the Houston Texans committed turnovers on their first two drives in a game. Thankfully they were playing the Indianapolis Colts, though, and it didn't matter.

It took until Week 16, but a team finally sort of, kind of controls the AFC South. With a win over Indy the Texans hold a one-game advantage, and they have a powder-puff remaining schedule (Tennessee Titans in Week 16 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17).

Fox Sports


18 (up 5)

Down to veteran journeyman Brandon Weeden (yes, THAT Brandon Weeden) at quarterback, the Texans continue to find ways to get it done with their defense.

USA Today


22 (up 4)

Who would have guessed last month that Brandon Weeden might be earning playoff check but his ex-Dallas mates wouldn't?

Yahoo Sports


14 (up 1)

I have a lot of respect for the Texans. I'm not necessarily looking forward to watching them on that opening game the Saturday of wild-card weekend, but they could have packed it in with all the key injuries they had. Instead, they kept winning with guys like Brandon Weeden and Alfred Blue playing key roles.

CBS Sports (Prisco)


16 (up 3)

Winning at Indianapolis puts them in charge of their playoff fate. Can they close out with two victories to get there?

Washington Post


15 (up 2)

Brandon Weeden? Really? He played his part in sinking the Cowboys’ playoff chances earlier this season. But he came through Sunday for the Texans as they won for the first time ever in Indianapolis and took sole possession of the division lead. He could remain the QB going forward with T.J. Yates done for the season and Brian Hoyer’s playing status still unclear after his latest concussion.



15.9 (up 2)


For those of you keeping score at home, that is seven of nine total pundits that are ranking the Texans at 13. If Houston can win convincingly in Weeks 16 and 17 to build some momentum into January, we may yet see them universally ranked within the top 10 for the first time all season.

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