Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Houston Texans Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Houston Texans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 27.2 (28th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

Amazing sequence in the second quarter. The Texans had a second-and-7 from the Cleveland 24. Deshaun Watson got sacked for a loss of 5. Then the Texans had a delay of game. On third-and-17, they completed a 4-yard pass and had an offensive pass interference penalty declined. That set Houston up with fourth-and-13 from the Cleveland 30. But because of the wind, Romeo Crennel opted to punt rather than try the field goal. What a disaster. Then the day ended with Texans fans having to watch that Hopkins catch. Houston is 2-7.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

They have two victories, both over Jacksonville. That's the definition of a bad season. They are done.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

They've screwed up just about everything in 2020, last week being especially egregious with their offensive no-show in Cleveland following the shocking dismissal of ace PR chief Amy Palcic.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

What would they take back: Trading DeAndre Hopkins

This is a no-brainer. Hopkins showed exactly why Houston never should have traded him when he caught a Hail Mary to win the game for the Cardinals on Sunday. Midway through the season, it's clear the Texans don't have a playmaker like that on offense for Deshaun Watson to throw to. Not only did Houston lose Hopkins, but it traded for running back David Johnson and his $11 million 2020 salary. In the eight games he has played, Johnson has not been effective, running for 408 yards and three touchdowns on 103 carries. Yes, the Texans had salary-cap concerns and Hopkins wanted a new deal, but there was no immediate need to shed his salary. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 28

At least Texans fans still get to watch Deshaun Watson do magical things every Sunday. Well, except this past Sunday, when driving rain and fierce winds in Cleveland grounded the passing games of both the Texans and Browns in a 10-7 Houston loss. Watson's streak of six straight games with a 100-plus passer rating came to an end, while Will Fuller's six-game run with a receiving touchdown also wrapped. At 2-7, the Texans are on pace for their worst finish since they went 4-12 in 2017. So at least Watson will get some top-pedigree help in the draft, right? Wrong. The Dolphins own the Texans' top two picks next spring. This has been a depressing blurb.

Previous update: Houston Texans Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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