What a difference a three-game winning streak makes. Before playing the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 23, the Houston Texans were 3-3 and in danger of letting a promising season slip through their fingers.
Now, after beating the Cleveland Browns 30-12 on Sunday, Houston is in the top five of SBNation's latest NFL Power Rankings:
5. Houston Texans (6-3, LW: 11): Wade Phillips has been there for a few months and the Texans went from the 30th ranked defense last year to No. 1 (in yards) through nine weeks this season. Incredible.
The defense, despite Mario Williams' season-ending injury, has stiffened as well, giving up 182.6 yards passing and 91.4 yards rushing a game, good for second and fourth in the NFL respectively.
With a 6-3 record, they are 2.5 games ahead of the second-place Tennessee Titans and are the only team with a positive point differential (+79) in the AFC South.
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