NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Houston Texans by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
HOUSTON TEXANS (1)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 1) - Forceful on both sides of football.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 1) - Tough victory at Soldier Field earns Texans the No. 1 spot.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 1)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 1) - Impressive road win shows that they can bang with anyone, anywhere, anytime!
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 1) - A statement game for the Texans, who slogged through the rain and muck at Soldier Field to outlast the Bears. Some well-earned fist pumping from Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, whose unit one-upped the host team's D.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 1) - Arian Foster has scored a touchdown in all nine of the Texans' games and is their MVP candidate in an 8-1 season. He has 12 touchdowns in all, 10 rushing and two receiving.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 1) - The Texans' defense is good enough to get them to the Super Bowl. My question: Is Matt Schaub?
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 1) - They can beat you in a Texas shootout or a muddy defensive struggle. Choose your weapons.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 1) - The Texans deserve the top spot. They went on the road to Chicago this past week and won in very tough weather conditions. Their defense overshadowed the Bear defense.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 1) - Impressive win for the Texans in an old school, bad weather, tough, brawl vs. the Bears in Chicago. They have earned and belong in the top spot.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 1) - I perceived Chicago as the more physical team entering last Sunday night's game. Houston's 13-6 road victory proved me wrong.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 1) - They proved they are no fluke by winning against a tough Bears team in bad conditions Sunday.