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Default Re: Texans 7th Best Team in NFL, 3rd Best in AFC - Football Outsiders

ProFootballFocus, fwiw ..... they don't really grind out a complicated algebraic equation...
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1. Houston Texans (3rd)

A resounding win over a Ravens side suffering/recovering from injury was enough for two of our analysts to push Houston to the top of their rankings. With two (myself included) ranking them fifth, that Packers game hasnít been forgotten just yet.

2. New York Giants (2nd)

A chance for redemption awaits the Giants as they travel to Dallas for a big NFC East game. Coming off a big-time win over the Redskins, itís easy to see why our team isnít sleeping on the reigning Super Bowl champions.

3. Atlanta Falcons (1st)

It seems a bye week has given our team chance to accept just how fortunate the Falcons were in their last three games. They may be undefeated, but thereís not an awful lot of confidence that it will stay that way much longer when the schedule toughens up.

4. San Francisco 49ers (4th)

A hard-fought win over a resolute Seahawks team provided the perfect showcase for just how far this offensive line has come. The concern is the play of Alex Smith, which has dropped off the last two weeks. Thatís the glaring weakness in this team.

5. Green Bay Packers (6th)

It wasnít so much that Aaron Rodgers was playing badly in the first five games of the season, more that he had failed to find his 2011 form. Now he has, the league is on notice.

6. New England Patriots (5th)

The Patriots managed to look a lot more convincing in their three defeats than they did laboring to a win over the Jets. Thatís a concern, even if the form of Tom Brady shouldnít be.

7. Denver Broncos (7th)

Their record has teams sleeping on them, but after overcoming the hardest part of their schedule the Broncos are a team that could make a big impression in the AFC. Thatís what our team believes.

8. Chicago Bears (8th)

You can only beat whatís in front of you, but at the same time the Bearsí five victories havenít come against one team with a winning record. Unlike the Broncos, their schedule will toughen up and weíll get a better glimpse as to what theyíre capable of.
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