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NFL Power Rankings Roundup (Week 2): Texans Move Up After Beating Bears

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Bill O'Brien and crew are on the cusp of being a consensus top-10 team in the NFL.

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The Texans got hopefully their first of many wins this past Sunday after a dominant second half performance against the Bears. The offense flashed explosiveness, the defense got after the passer, and the special teams coverage units were brutally effective. That was a truly rare "three-phase" win for a Houston team that has not had many such victories in the past few years. This Sunday, their first true test of the season comes when they take on a Chiefs team that is looking to for their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. After trouncing the Texans 30-0 last January, I’m sure the good guys are looking for some payback.

Here is what the national media has to say about the Texans with that all-important Chiefs contest looming.

Website

Rank

Last Week

Comments

SB Nation

15

16

N/A

ESPN

7

13

Lamar Miller was one of two backs to rush for 100 yards in Week 1, and Will Fuller became the first Texans rookie to gain 100 receiving yards in a season opener. Neither was around last season when the Chiefs -- the Texans' Week 2 opponent -- beat Houston 30-0 in the playoffs.

NFL.com

11

12

What a fantastic matchup we'll have down in Houston this weekend. If I could get off work, Chiefs-Texans is the game I would go to ... catch brunch at Georges off Westheimer in Midtown, then head down to Reliant to catch a Jadeveon Clowney sack or two. Speaking of, he racked up four tackles and a quarterback trap in Chicago on Sunday. Lamar Miller produced a 100-yard outing in his first game in a Texans uniform. Will Fuller posted 100 yards in his first game as a pro. Brock Osweiler? Solid.

Bleacher Report

12

15

Nothing about Brock Osweiler's debut was particularly jaw-dropping. But after last year's quarterback carousel, the Texans will take a start that's just OK. Especially if it involves as many receivers as Sunday's win did. Osweiler completed passes to eight different receivers. That tells you the Texans' stable is more than just DeAndre Hopkins; it includes rookie Will Fuller, who's proving me wrong and blossoming into the perfect second pass-catching option. Lamar Miller lightened Osweiler's load with a 100-yard rushing day. It looked easy, and it was.

Fox Sports

12

13

The Texans finally have an offense to go along with their stout defense. Brock Osweiler made a few errors, but he appears to have solidified the quarterback position in Houston. And with the defense playing as well as it did on Sunday, the Texans are favorites in the AFC South.

USA Today

11

12

It’s not patently clear how explosive this offense is with speedsters Lamar Miller and Will Fuller. A lot of picking of poison for opposing Ds.

Yahoo Sports

8

9

J.J. Watt had no tackles and one assist in his return from back surgery and the Texans defense still destroyed Jay Cutler. If Watt plays like himself at some point this season, look out.

CBS Sports (Prisco)

13

16

The defense came up big against the Bears. They get a playoff rematch against the Chiefs this week. Their new-look speed on offense will present big problems for teams.

AVERAGE

11.1

12.6

N/A

If the Texans pull off a win over the Kansas City this weekend, it might be the first time we see them as a consensus top-10 team all year. Hopefully they will stay that way.

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