Saturday, December 26, 2020

Houston Texans Week 16 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: 26.2 (T-27th)
  • Best ranking: 21st (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 30th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Wish: That they don't waste Watson, who ranks 10th in QBR. Against the Colts, he had big completions (defined as 20 yards or more) to Chad Hansen, Jordan Akins and Kahale Warring. It's unclear who will be coaching the Texans next year, and it's unclear who will be making the personnel decisions. But Watson will be just 26 in September. He has completed 69.9 percent of his passes and averaged 8.8 YPA this season. He should just now be entering his prime. Texans, please don't screw this up. We are begging you.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

The defense gets worse by the week. They can't stop anybody. Deshaun Watson can't do it by himself.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

QB Deshaun Watson's 27 TD passes are a career high, and he's 32 yards from setting a new personal best through the air -- all without WR DeAndre Hopkins.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Most underrated star: ILB Zach Cunningham

There isn't a long list to pick from because most of the success the Texans have had is due to how QB Deshaun Watson has played. But one player who has shown up on the stat sheet regardless of how poorly the defense is playing is Cunningham. The Texans' 2017 second-round pick, who signed a contract extension before the season, leads the NFL in tackles. "Zach has had a good season," interim head coach Romeo Crennel said Monday. "He is a very active defensive player for us. He runs and hits. He fills gaps, and he is productive from that aspect." -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 28

Two weeks ago, after a low snap fired at his shins led to the crushing turnover in a last-minute loss to the Colts, Deshaun Watson spent the next several minutes alone on the Texans bench with a towel draped over his head -- total dejection for one of the game's great competitors. On Sunday, after another crushing goal-line turnover buried the Texans once more against the Colts, Watson walked off the field with an almost bemused look on his face. You could picture what the Pro Bowl quarterback was thinking in that moment: This year has been profoundly, irrevocably, undeniably f-----. To hell with 2020. Amen, brother.

Previous update: Houston Texans Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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