As of right now (before the MNF game) the Texans D is ranked 1. 10th overall in yards per game 2. 10th in pass yards per game 3. 15th in rush yards per game Looking at more accurate metrics, we are ranked 1. 7th in QB rating against 2. 27th in rush yards per attempt 3. 4th in points per game 4. 18th in 3rd down % 5. 8th in turnover differential What I think it means: First of all, we have played 1 terrible team (Colts), 1 below average team (Miami), 1 above average team (Steelers), and 1 excellent team (Saints). Our numbers should be pretty accurate/balanced from this point on because we've played a pretty balanced looking schedule. Second, our pass defense is much improved over past seasons. The reasons in my mind are better corner and safety play, better pass rush, better use of hands. The last one is particularly important. The texans traditionally give up a very high completion percentage to opposing QBs. With hands in the air, we've given up only 55% completion, good 7th in the NFL. Our run defense has looked pretty porous. ~5 yards per carry is pretty bad. I was pleasantly surprised to see us shut down Mendenhall, but then worried by how badly the Steeler backups gashed us.