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NFL Power Rankings: AFC South

The Texans produced the widest split in this week’s edition of the ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings -- with a fourth-place vote from John Clayton and a 14th-place vote from James Walker.

I judged them to be between that, at eighth, and they stand at ninth.

Their win at Tampa Bay gave them a boost, but the loss of quarterback Matt Schaub to a foot injury worked to offset it.

So they stand ninth heading into their bye. The AFC South fell to last overall among the eight divisions: Our four teams average 20.5th, while the NFC West is at 19.5th.

I’m one-fifth of the ballot. Mike Sando breaks down the whole vote here.

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Here’s the AFC South:

As for my complete ballot, the number in parenthesis is where I had the team ranked last week.

1) Green Bay (1)

2) San Francisco (2)

3) New Orleans (7)

4) Pittsburgh (4)

5) Chicago (11)

6) New England (14)

7) Baltimore (3)

8) Houston (8)

9) NY Giants (6)

10) Detroit (5)

11) Dallas (20)

12) Cincinnati (9)

13) Atlanta (10)

14) NY Jets (12)

15) Tennessee (16)

16) Buffalo (13)

17) Oakland (17)

18) Tampa Bay (21)

19) Denver (28)

20) Kansas City (18)

21) San Diego (19)

22) Arizona (30)

23) Philadelphia (15)

24) Washington (22)

25) Minnesota (23)

26) Seattle (29)

27) Jacksonville (25)

28) Cleveland (26)

29) Carolina (24)

30) St. Louis (30)

31) Miami (31)

32) Indianapolis (32)