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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
NFL Power Rankings: Texans finish 10th

By Paul Kuharsky

Even heading into the playoffs on a three-game losing streak, the Houston Texans hold the No. 10 slot in the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings.

The Texans lost one spot as a result of their loss to Tennessee Sunday, but it was a game with no meaning, featuring a lot of backups, and the Texans could have taken it into overtime with an extra point at the end if they had wanted to.

They are the division’s lone playoff hope after the Titans missed out at 9-7. As Mike Sando notes in his write up on the new rankings, Tennessee gained 11 spots from its ranking at the start of the season. That’s the fourth-biggest jump and shows by what a large margin the Titans outperformed expectations.

I’m one-fifth of the ballot. Sando breaks down the whole vote here.

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Here’s the AFC South:



As for my complete ballot, the number in parenthesis is where I had the team ranked last week.
1) Green Bay (1)

2) New Orleans (2)

3) San Francisco (3)

4) Baltimore (4)

5) Pittsburgh (5)

6) New England (6)

7) Detroit (7)

8 ) Houston (8)

9) Atlanta (9)

10) NY Giants (10)

11) Cincinnati (11)

12) Tennessee (14)

13) Philadelphia (16)

14) Dallas (13)

15) Denver (12)

16) San Diego (18)

17) Oakland (17)

18) Chicago (21)

19) Arizona (22)

20) NY Jets (15)

21) Carolina (19)

22) Seattle (20)

23) Miami (23)

24) Kansas City (24)

25) Buffalo (26)

26) Jacksonville (27)

27) Washington (25)

28) Cleveland (28)

29) Tampa Bay (29)

30) Minnesota (30)

31) Indianapolis (31)

32) St. Louis (32)