Power rankings: Texans take over at the top

PFW staff
Pro Football Weekly
Power rankings: Texans take over at the top

 1. Houston Texans: Schaub outplayed Manning in statement win for Houston.

 2. Atlanta Falcons: Balanced, all-around effort from most impressive team in the NFC.

 3. San Francisco 49ers: Looked like top team last week, then laid an egg vs. Vikings.

 4. Baltimore Ravens: Emotional effort by Torrey Smith (6-127-2) despite heavy heart.

 5. New York Giants: Who needs Ballard, Manningham? Bennett, Barden stepping up.

 6. Arizona Cardinals: Proved the defense is for real and finally got Ryan Williams going.

 7. Green Bay Packers: Which feels worse: the Seattle loss or the fact that Vikings are 2-1?

 8. New England Patriots: Dropped below .500 mark for first time since early 2003.

 9. Chicago Bears: Pass offense still a concern, but “D” was superb.

10. Philadelphia Eagles: Cardinals finally made them pay for their mistakes.

11. San Diego Chargers: Came down to earth; looked out of sorts vs. Atlanta.

12. Seattle Seahawks: Defense was amazing vs. Green Bay, but luck won the game for them.

13. Dallas Cowboys: Romo got off to a slow start, but “D” stepped up to beat the Bucs.

14. Denver Broncos: Peyton is good coming from behind, but holes “D” is digging too big.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Couldn’t survive without Polamalu, Harrison two weeks in a row.

16. Cincinnati Bengals: Dalton-Green connection had one of those special days for Cincy.

17. New York Jets: Surprisingly cut LB Bryan Thomas — run defense could use him.

18. Buffalo Bills: Spiller’s injury not serious; team breathes a sigh of relief.

19. Detroit Lions: Leshoure brings spark to run game, but offense getting off to slow starts.

20. Minnesota Vikings: Beat Niners at their own game: being physical, grinding out a “W.”

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bottled up Dallas’ run game. Freeman had game to forget.

22. Washington Redskins: Not a banner day for the DBs: allowed 385 passing yards.

23. Carolina Panthers: Beatdown by Giants raised questions about Newton’s attitude.

24. Tennessee Titans: Music City Miracle Part Two, 378 yards for Locker; quite a win.

25. Kansas City Chiefs: That’s the Jamaal Charles we remember: 233 rushing yards.

26. Miami Dolphins: Think Joe Philbin wants to take that timeout back? 

27. Oakland Raiders: Clutch plays by Palmer helped get Dennis Allen his first win.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars: Gabbert’s clutch play overshadowed 28-177 performance by MJD.

29. New Orleans Saints: Winless Saints already have played a quarter of their home slate.

30. St. Louis Rams: Finnegan looking like one of the better free-agent acquisitions.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Rookie T.Y. Hilton looks to be the Colts’ new No. 3 receiver.

32. Cleveland Browns: Traveling to Baltimore on short rest not what an 0-3 team needs.