Bengals rocket into top 10, while Cowboys tumble out of top five

Previous rank: No. 31

The NFL’s last-ranked defense came alive in the second half against the Texans, holding Houston to just 45 yards and zero points over the final two quarters en route to a 21-14 win. It was a much-needed confidence boost for Robert Saleh’s side of the ball, but the Jets had to be less enthused about the play of Zach Wilson, who struggled with accuracy and decision-making in his return to the lineup after missing four weeks with a knee sprain. Credit offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur for cooking up an adjusted game plan that put his QB in the back seat as New York dug out of a 14-3 first-half deficit. Growing pains are always expected with a rookie under center, but Wilson’s have been especially uncomfortable.

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