The Houston Texans Are the Best Team in Football and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistSeptember 25, 2012

The Texans can give the rest of the NFL a little pat on the head.
The Texans can give the rest of the NFL a little pat on the head.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

I'm not seeing the counterpoint.

Today's article of the day comes from Tania Ganguli of The Houston Chronicle, who engages in a debate with herself over whether the Houston Texans are the best team in football.

Let me help her settle this: they are.

With all due respect to Atlanta or Arizona, Houston is the most complete team in football right now.

Of course, as has already been said, it's only September.

It's fine to temper enthusiasm based on the early date of the season, but you get the sense from Ganguli's arguments of just how difficult it is to claim that there's another better team in the NFL right now.

The Falcons are an obvious contender for the catbird seat, but if the two teams played tomorrow on a neutral field, I'd favor Houston rather comfortably.

Being the best team in September does not equate with winning the Super Bowl. Actually, being the best team in regular season doesn't seem to mean much any more either, come to that.

When the worst thing you can say about a team is that they allowed a touchdown when up 17-0, it's safe to say the team is pretty good.

Right now, the Texans are a lot better than pretty good.


General Interest

The Football Outsiders comment on games in their Audibles column.

Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats says the home-field advantage isn't greater with replacement refs.


Houston Texans

John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports Lestar Jean will have knee surgery.

McClain says the Texans are mature.

Randy Harvey of The Houston Chronicle says Matt Schaub has grown into a leader.


Tennessee Titans

Paul Kuharsky of says Akeem Ayers could have been the goat.

Jimmy Morris of the Music City Miracles says Michael Griffin caught an invisible football.

David Boclair of The City Paper says the Titans failed to stop big plays.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean says mistakes almost sank the Titans.


Indianapolis Colts

Phil B. Wilson of The Indianapolis Star has five thoughts on the Colts.

Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star breaks down how the Colts allowed a touchdown to Cecil Shorts.

Phil Richards of The Indianapolis Star says the Colts will get more time to recover.

Richards writes that Austin Collie was placed on injured reserve.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Kuharsky says the Jaguars are still hung up on the same issues as they have been.

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars hope the win over the Colts turns the season around.

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union says Derek Cox played well.