NEW YORK (AP) -- Comments on the Houston Texans by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
HOUSTON TEXANS (7)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 8) -- Hard to believe they could blow a bye.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 9) -- Their path to the Super Bowl would be helped if they can clinch No. 1 seed.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 7)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 7) -- hard team to figure out right now, don't look as invincible anymore.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 7) -- Texans have picked the wrong time to struggle, losing two of their last three. They didn't show up against the Vikings. Good news on Arian Foster, though. He says he is "back to normal" after visiting with a cardiologist because of a heart-related issue during the game.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 3) -- The Texans are the NFL's best road team with a 6-1 record. That's a nice ace to have in your back pocket if the AFC title game is played in Denver.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 7) -- I guess last week's loss told us why Gary Kubiak won't rest his starters this weekend: BECAUSE HE NEEDS HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE!!!
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 7) -- That physicality edge has gone AWOL for much of the past month.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) -- How can a team with home field advantage throughout the playoffs lose a game at home to Minnesota? They did and that makes them beatable, even in Houston.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 7)
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 7) -- Houston, we have a problem. Being dominated at home even by a solid team (Minnesota) isn't a good look for a Super Bowl contender.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 8) -- They have lost two of three and now must play at Indianapolis, where they have lost 10 straight.