SAN ANTONIO -

The Houston Texans might very well be the best team in the entire NFL, as they've raced out to a 3-0 record.
The critics will point to their easy schedule so far, with their first two wins against the Dolphins and Jaguars. Now granted, those aren't the best teams in the NFL, but all the Texans can do is beat the teams in front of them, and they have.
What should impress critics, and excite Texan fans, is this past Sunday's win against the Broncos. The victory was the first time the Texans beat Peyton Manning in his own house, and it reaffirmed the Texans' position of not going after Manning this past offseason.
Not only did the Texans beat Manning, but they rallied behind their own quarterback, after he took a cheap shot from Denver.
And even when Denver mounted a small comeback, in one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, the Texans held strong and held on for the victory.
Matt Schaub had part of his ear torn off, Evander Holyfield style (not a bite though) and showed the toughness that seems to have infected the Texans.
In previous years, the Texans would've watched helplessly as Manning mounted a comeback against them, but these new Texans took the Broncos best punch (or cheap shot) and held on strong.
Schaub and the Texans earned the respect of the Broncos, and should have earned the respect of the entire nation. I'm not saying Schaub is a Pro Bowl quarterback yet, but what I am saying is he reflects the attitude of this team.
The Texans play nasty D, as Cushing and Watt make the D as mean as it gets. On offense, the Texans line it up and pound it down your throats.
These Texans are tough, and it seems like the Texans are not just satisfied making the playoffs anymore; they seem to have their eyes on the big prize. And as of today, no team in the AFC looks better.
The Texans will be challenged again, like they were in Denver. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and New England are the big dogs of the AFC, and all carry a mental toughness with them wherever they go.
But if the Texans showed us anything this Sunday, it's that they to have a lot of fight in them.

John Dyer is a sports blogger for KSAT.com. He also owns a sports website, Texas Sports Junkie.