9. Houston Texans

Last Week's Rank: 7
Record: 10 - 5
This Week: L @ Colts, 16-19
Up Next: vs. Titans, 1:00 Sunday
Trending: Down

So this is how it ends, huh? The Texans' dream season isn't turning into a nightmare by any means—they've locked up the best record in franchise history, and they're hosting a playoff game in two weeks, another franchise first. But that's not much solace for Houston fans thinking about what could have been. The way things have broken in the AFC, the Texans could very easily be looking at a No. 1 seed in the playoffs—had not Matt Schaub gone down for the season with a foot injury. The defense is still great, and Arian Foster racked up 158 yards against the Colts. But they've still got a third-string rookie quarterback under center, and they only managed 14 first downs at Indy. It's hard to see this team making a lot of noise in the playoffs against stingier defenses that will load the box against Foster. —Jack Erwin

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