Texans remain atop NFL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen

9/26/2012 5:00:02 PM

The Houston Texans retained their hold on top spot in the NFL Power Rankings, ahead of the climbing Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers, who dropped after a Week Theee loss in Minnesota.

Getting healthier and coming off an impressive showing last Thursday, the New York Giants are up from 16 to seven.

Somewhat surprisingly one of just three undefeated teams, the Arizona Cardinals have moved from 17 to eight.

Rebounding after their dismal Week One showing, the Cincinnati Bengals also gained ground, going from 25 to 17.

Countering the Giants' move up, the Carolina Panthers dropped from 13 to 22 after getting stomped at home by the G-Men.

Despite a win at Miami, the New York Jets dropped from 19 to 24, thanks to the loss of their best player, cornerback Darrelle Revis, to a season-ending knee injury.

Just as the Cardinals are surprisingly unbeaten, the New Orleans Saints are surprisingly winless, with last week's collapse against Kansas City dropping them from 14 to 23.

While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been competitive, the struggles of quarterback Josh Freeman dropped them from 23 to 29.

It's early in the season, so fluctations tend to be greater and it's still too soon to apply strength of schedule, so there will be more movement in the rankings in the weeks ahead, but Houston and Atlanta have been deserving of their spots at the top, just as Cleveland has earned their place at the bottom.

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