The Houston Texans have graduated from being one of the also-rans in the NFL to a team technically in the playoff hunt. As such, it warrants an upwards rise in the power rankings.
According to Jarrett Bailey from the Touchdown Wire, the Texans enter Week 10 as the 11th-best team in the NFL.
The Texans are the most fun team in football, and their young phenom just broke the single-game record for passing yards in a game for a rookie.
What makes the Texans fun is the play from C.J. Stroud. The No. 2 overall pick plays with a maturity under center typical of veterans, not a quarterback eight games into his burgeoning career.
The defense and special teams units also play with an attitude that reflects the spirit of rookie coach DeMeco Ryans. Sometimes the technical aspects need to be refined, but the culture to play aggressive and overwhelm the opposition lends itself to more entertaining football as opposed to what passed the last two seasons.
Wins or losses aside, as long as the Texans continue to keep punching, they will gain the respect of the rest of the league.
Across the rest of the AFC South, the Tennessee Titans are No. 26. The Indianapolis Colts are No. 20. The Jacksonville Jaguars, the reigning division champions, climbed as far as No. 5.