If these rankings were done specifically by the final season statistics, the Houston Texans would be a little bit higher.
However, the Texans defense simply hasn't been the same in the second half of the season.
Overall the Texans have the eighth-ranked total defense in the NFL; a strong playoff defense for sure. Their overall scoring defense of 20.7 points per game is solid as well, ranking ninth in the NFL and sixth among playoff teams.
Their past seven games have been a totally different story though.
Over that span, they have allowed an average of 26.9 points a game, which would rank them between the Chiefs and Bills if that was projected over a full season.
The problem has been that they have given up more than four touchdowns in a game four times over that span. Over consecutive weeks, they gave up a combined 795 passing yards and six touchdowns to Chad Henne and Matthew Stafford.
Two weeks after that they were torched to the tune of 42 points by the Patriots.
But if the Bengals, Patriots or anyone else thinks they might have it easy, they need to think again.
As long as J.J. Watt is on the field, no offense can breathe easy. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman registered an incredible 20.5 sacks and was a complete disruption all over the field.
In addition, Antonio Smith and rookie Whitney Mercilus combined for 13 sacks as the Texans racked up 44 sacks on the season, good for fifth in the NFL.
The Texans also had a turnover ratio of +12, the sixth-highest total in the NFL.
When you throw in Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph, the Texans defense could be a real nightmare. They just have to shore up the loose ends and get refocused. Don't bet against Watt doing that single-handedly.