NFL Power Rankings: Panthers rise, Patriots fall in Week 13

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Nov 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after sacking New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (not pictured) during the second half of a game at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Saints 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


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The Houston Texans are playing some excellent football right now, and it starts with the dominance of J.J. Watt on defense. He’s found a way to dominate once again, and he’s leading the defense to a much higher level than we saw earlier in the year.

Drew Brees was held to 228 passing yards, no touchdowns and an interception. The Saints managed just six points, and Brian Hoyer was able to do enough against a poor Saints defense to secure the comfortable victory.

Houston was once 2-5, but four straight wins later sits in a wild-card spot, tied for the division lead with Indianapolis. Yes that’s right, the AFC South currently has two teams in playoff positions. What a time to be alive.

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