- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Houston remains the No. 1 team in the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings, but the Texans lost their unanimous status after requiring overtime to win for the second week in a row.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando, who you can communicate with here, dropped the Texans to second while moving the San Francisco 49ers to No. 1.
“You won't get an argument from me for listing the Texans first,” Sando said. “They're 10-1. I think the 49ers are at least as good. I've been struck over the past two weeks at how the 49ers might be even better with their backup quarterback than they've been with a guy who was 19-5-1 as a starter since 2011. Alex Smith has completed 25 of his last 27 passes. He has a passer rating in triple digits and has been top 10 in Total QBR this season. He's healthy now, but the 49ers might have an even better option. The Texans fell apart without Schaub in the playoffs last season. That was my thinking.
I know if you disagree, you’ll stir things up in the comments below and, perhaps, you will want to communicate with Sando directly.
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