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Friday, March 23, 2012
NFL Power Rankings: Houston still strong

By Paul Kuharsky

Power Rankings voters haven’t let the Texans' personnel losses hurt the team’s standing much.

Despite losing Mario Williams and Mike Brisiel as free agents, cutting right tackle Eric Winston and trading inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the Texans are sixth in our pre-draft edition of the Power Rankings.

I’m sure a lot of that has to do with what other teams have done or failed to do. But as one of the four voters, I dropped the Texans to 10th.

Here is the AFC South overall.


Here’s my entire ballot, with where I had each team ranked at the conclusion of the 2011 regular season in parenthesis:

1) NY Giants (10)

2) Green Bay (1)

3) New England (6)

4) San Francisco (3)

5) Baltimore (4)

6) Houston (8)

7) Pittsburgh (5)

8) Detroit (7)

9) Chicago (18)

10) Denver (15)

11) New Orleans (2)

12) Atlanta (9)

13) San Diego (16)

14) Philadelphia (13)

15) Dallas (14)

16) Carolina (21)

17) Arizona (19)

18) Kansas City (24)

19) Tennessee (12)

20) Washington (27)

21) NY Jets (20)

22) Cincinnati (11)

23) Oakland (17)

24) Buffalo (25)

25) Seattle (22)

26) Jacksonville (26)

27) Tampa Bay (29)

28) St. Louis (31)

29) Miami (23)

30) Cleveland (28)

31) Minnesota (30)

32) Indianapolis (32)