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NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Texans hold steady at No. 1

Despite an overtime scare against the lowly Jaguars, Houston sits atop the rankings for the second straight week

Bob Levey

Andre Johnson's 48-yard touchdown catch in overtime capped a comeback win for the Texans, who remain at No. 1 in the SB Nation NFL Power Rankings. In the article, Joel Thorman acknowledges the less-than-stellar performance and claims that good teams find a way to win:

Even with what appeared to be a game-killing interception from Matt Schaub, they found a way to win. That's what you can expect from a good team. Things tend to fall its way.

Houston has a commanding three-game lead in the AFC South over the Colts, who were smashed by the Patriots on Sunday. In another overtime squeaker, the Dallas Cowboys got back to .500 and No. 16 in the rankings after edging out the Cleveland Browns 23-20. Just one game behind the Giants, Thorman makes a keen observation:

It really would be something if the NFC East came down to the Cowboys and Giants again.

With a shellacking of the Raiders, the New Orleans Saints stay at No. 12 and remain alive for a playoff spot after starting 0-4. It would be quite the accomplishment

The Saints are making their case to be the first team in 20 years to start 0-4 and make the playoffs.

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