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According to Nick Wojton of the Touchdown Wire, the Texans were able to improve their spot in the NFL power rankings, going from No. 31 a week ago to No. 29 entering Week 17.
Surprise of the weekend: The Texans shocked the Chargers, winning 41-29. Houston is fighting for head coach David Culley. Texans QB Davis Mills had 254 yards and two scores without top WR Brandin Cooks. RB Rex Burkhead had a career day with 149 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Defensively, Houston had three takeaways, including a pick six.
The Tennessee Titans went up one spot to No. 9 overall. The Indianapolis Colts, who may be behind the Titans in the standings, aren’t in the power rankings as they climb from No. 8 to No. 6. The Jacksonville Jaguars have firm command of No. 32 overall, which will turn into No. 1 overall in the 2022 NFL draft.
The Texans go on the road in Week 17 to take on the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers are battling for their wild-card lives the same as the Chargers were, and will be turning to rookie quarterback Trey Lance to game-manage a victory.