Thomas B. Shea
The Texans blew out the Ravens by 30 points in Week 7 to distance themselves as the class of the AFC.
Following a big Week 7 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Texans climbed one spot closer to re-claiming their top spot in SB Nation's weekly power rankings. Ryan Van Bibber placed them second behind only the Falcons in the newest edition of the rankings after a 43-13 drubbing of Baltimore.
2. Houston Texans (LW: 3, 6-1): The Texans are the new Ravens, getting wins with a stout defense and a run-first offense that has enough diversity to challenge opponents. Not sure what happened against the Packers last week, but cruising past the Ravens by 30 points is impressive.
Entering Week 7, the Ravens were the NFL's No. 2 team with a 5-1 record, but the Texans had very little trouble accumulating 420 total yards of offense while allowing just 176 yards. The win came just one week after a rough Sunday night loss to the Packers, in which the Texans allowed six touchdown passes by Aaron Rodgers en route to a 42-24 loss.
MJD at Yahoo's Shutdown Corner blog agreed with Van Bibber that the Texans are the NFL's second best team, also placing them behind the Falcons and calling the Week 6 loss a fluke:
In the case of the Texans, I'm going with the blowout at the hands of Green Bay as a fluke. There's more evidence supporting the Texans as an elite team, capable of stomping the life out of the limping Ravens.
The Texans distanced themselves as the AFC's No. 1 seed with their blowout of the Ravens. (Clayton)