Though they hung on to defeat Pittsburgh without their best player, they proceeded to lose two games in a row and fall behind the Tennessee Titans in the standings. Their second-place status didn't last long, as they delivered a 41-7 thrashing to Tennessee on Sunday, regaining the lead in the AFC South. With Johnson ready to take the field again and a soft schedule of opponents ahead, you can expect the Texans to stay in first place until the playoffs begin in January.
Johnson's absence has had a noticeable impact on Houston's offense, but not where you might expect. If anything, the Texans actually got better at throwing deep passes (more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage).