Now the Numbers Love the Houston Texans and Other Top Stories from the AFC South

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

"What? We're number one in DVOA? Heck yeah, baby!"
"What? We're number one in DVOA? Heck yeah, baby!"Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Just a few weeks ago, the Houston Texans were the darlings of the media, but the numbers weren't so in love.

After two blowout wins, the Texans now top the Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings.

Today's article of the day is the Outsiders' Week 2 DVOA (or in this case VOA) rankings.

The Texans have vaulted to the top of the pack by a huge margin, though this early in the season there are no opponent adjustments factored in. The Football Outsiders' updated playoff odds now give the Texans a healthy 42.6-percent chance to land a first-round bye in the dilapidated AFC.

Even without the important adjustments for strength of opponent (the D in DVOA), it's a nice honor for the Texans. They've been so completely dominant over Miami and Jacksonville that it's hard to imagine any team playing better through two weeks.

After four weeks, opponents are factored in the numbers, which will obviously knock Houston back considerably. Of course by then, they'll have played a couple of solid teams to offset the cupcakes they've feasted on to date.

Of course, many fans who ripped the "math" two weeks ago will now trumpet it because it praises their team.

DVOA had the Texans as the best team in football before the injuries hit in 2011, and now with everyone healthy, they are back on top.


General Interest

Bleacher Report lead writers share their picks for Week 3.

Paul Kuharsky of says Peyton Manning is still influencing the AFC South.

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus posts the best and worst players from Week 2.

Vince Verhei of the Football Outsiders has "Quick Reads."


Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union says injuries are limiting the Jaguars.

O'Halloran posts snap-count analysis.


Tennessee Titans

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean has five numbers on the Titans.

Wyatt reports the Lions game is sold out.


Indianapolis Colts

Matt Grecco of Stampede Blue goes inside the numbers for the Colts.

Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority looks at the Indy interior linebackers.

Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star looks at Andrew Luck's knee brace.

Phil B. Wilson of The Indianapolis Star says Cory Redding is still in shock over a touchdown.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan wants the no-huddle unleashed.


Houston Texans

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Von Miller is similar to J.J. Watt.

Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle relates that the Texans know Peyton Manning could bounce back.

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle says the past doesn't matter when it comes to Manning.