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2016 NFL Power Rankings Round-Up (Week 10): Texans Fall Slightly After Bye Week

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Unless Brock Osweiler eventually proves his doubters wrong, you should expect a lot more snide remarks in the future.

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The Texans did not play last Sunday due to a much needed bye week, but that did not stop them from slipping slightly in most media power rankings as the rest of the AFC was reshuffled. Houston faces a beleaguered Jacksonville Jaguars squad on the road in Week 10, which sadly may just be the best opportunity this team will have all season to get their first road win. If they can’t do it against Jacksonville, who can they beat on the road?

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SB Nation

21

20

N/A.

ESPN

19

17

Despite sitting 5-3 coming off their bye, the Texans have a minus-30 point differential this season, worst of any team with a winning record and eighth worst overall. The Texans should have a chance to improve on that point differential. Only one of their remaining eight games is against a team that currently has a winning record (Raiders in Week 11).

NFL.com

14

14

The Brock bashing has abated a bit. Amazing what winning will do, eh? The 5-3 Texans are coming off their bye carrying a lead in their division and plenty of question marks. Of course, those Qs start at QB. Despite logging the recent victory over the Lions, Osweiler has been far from brilliant (see: 186 yards passing on 29 attempts -- ugh). Then there is the disappearance of Will Fuller, who began the season with consecutive 100-yard receiving performances ... but has posted a grand total of 161 yards since. Or, put another way, he's no longer in the running for OROY. Spoiler alert.

Bleacher Report

9

12

Houston didn't hit the field in Week 9. They were on a bye week. Looking forward: Say what you will about Brock Osweiler’s play. His Texans remain in first place in the AFC South, even after a Week 9 bye. We’ll watch them resume play in Week 10 against the downtrodden Jaguars. My question: Will coach Bill O’Brien hand the reins of this offense over to Lamar Miller? Houston’s offense is far more dangerous when it's centered around the run game and a tough, physical defense.

Fox Sports

12

13

The Texans were off this week but remained in first place in the AFC South thanks to a loss by the Titans. It’s hard to consider them the runaway favorites in the division, but they appear to be the best team right now.

USA Today

10

11

Coming out of bye week, they'll have plenty of chances to notch badly needed first road win with four of next five away from NRG Stadium.

Yahoo Sports

17

16

If Jadeveon Clowney (three sacks in eight games) has another gear, the Texans could really use it in the second half.

CBS Sports (Prisco)

8

12

They are the class of the AFC South right now. That's not saying much.

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15.0

14.4

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