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Texans move to No. 1 in power rankings

September 26, 2012 - Andy Heintz
Plenty of upsets this past weekend made for an interesting weekend in the National Football League. And a drastic change to the power rankings this week. We have a new top three as well as a few new teams placed in the bottom five.

1. Houston Texans, 3-0 I have liked this team from the start of the season. The Texans play defense and they can run the ball with multiple backs. If Matt Schaub plays like he belongs in the Pro Bowl all season, Houston is destined for one of the spots in the Super Bowl.

2. Atlanta Falcons, 3-0 Another strong start to the season has come from the Falcons. The defense under Mike Nolan so far looks stout and Matt Ryan is off to his best start as a professional. There are a lot of great teams in the NFC and it is only week 3, but right now, Atlanta deserves to be in the top spot in that league.

3. Arizona Cardinals, 3-0 The biggest surprise so far may be the Arizona Cardinals. Without any kind of a running game offensively, the Cardinals are winning with a strong defense and much improved play from the quarterback position. John Skelton played well before he was injured and Kevin Kolb is finally showing he deserved that money.

4. Baltimore Ravens, 2-1 It's another year and another season in which the Ravens belong in the conversation as one of the best teams in the league. The defense is getting older but still holding its own and Joe Flacco is emerging as an elite QB in this league.

5. San Francisco 49ers, 2-1 A loss at Minneapolis, where San Francisco has not won in a long time, pushes the 49ers out of the top spot but the Niners will be there in the end. The defense had a bad day against the Vikings but Jim Harbaugh won't settle for the play he saw Sunday. Expect this team to bounce back in a big way this weekend against the Jets.

6. Philadelphia Eagles, 2-1 The Eagles won't be this high for long if Michael Vick continues to turn the ball over. But somehow the Eagles are winning games and has enough talent offensively to get things going. The defense also is much improved.

7. New York Giants, 2-1 I think the first game against the Cowboys was an abberation. There is no reason to believe that the Giants won't be around for the long haul even if they struggle a bit in the regular season. That seems to be how they like to do it. They still have one of the best QBs in the league and plenty of weapons to throw to.

8. Seattle Seahawks, 2-1 I think it is clear by now that the Seahawks should be 1-2 and not 2-1 but for the sake of winning the game and being 2-1, they end up here. Plus, they boast one of the best defenses the league right now and should be able to compete with anyone this year, especially when playing at home.

9. San Diego Chargers 2-1 The Chargers usually start slow and figure themselves out as the season goes along. This year, they are winning games early which makes me think they will be around late in the season when the games start to matter more. Philip Rivers has to play better though.

10. New England Patriots, 1-2 The Patriots were beat by two teams ahead of them in this week's rankings and both games came down to the final plays. Anyone who thinks this team won't be around when the smoke clears is kidding themselves. Barring any kind of major injury, this team is still one of the best in the AFC.

Bottom Five 5. St. Louis Rams, 4. Detroit Lions. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2. Cleveland Browns, 1. New Orleans Saints.


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