Sunday, January 3, 2021

Houston Texans Week 17 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: 27.6 (28th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 29th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Will Fuller, WR: He finished the season with career highs of 53 catches, 879 yards and eight touchdowns. Durability had previously been the question with Fuller. He started 11 games this season but then was suspended for the final five for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Fuller is young (he turns 27 in April) and talented, but he is more of a boom-or-bust option than some of the other available wide receivers.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

The defense is awful right now. They can't even slow down a backup quarterback in Brandon Allen. On to next season.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

DE J.J. Watt is insulted by their effort ... so to add insult to insult, it appears Houston is going to earn a top-three draft pick for Miami as aftermath of Bill O'Brien's Laremy Tunsil deal continues to unfold.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

New Year's resolution: Find the right general manager and head coach for Deshaun Watson

This should be the singular goal for the Texans as they interview general managers and head coaches now and in the new year. Watson took a step forward in 2020, putting up the best numbers of his career despite losing DeAndre Hopkins in a trade during the offseason, then losing Will Fuller V to a six-game suspension during the season. The Texans' 4-11 record doesn't reflect how well Watson has played, and the new hires Houston makes need to reflect what is best, not only to help continue Watson's growth but also one who can build the right team around him. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 28

J.J. Watt has had enough. "If you can't come in and put work in in the building, go out to the practice field and work hard, do your lifts and do what you're supposed to do, you should not be here." That was just part of the impassioned rant by the future Hall of Famer after another ugly Texans loss in a season Watt said has been the most difficult of his 10-year career. Watt's frustration speaks to a culture issue inside the Houston facility, and it will be on the next head coach and general manager to correct it. Will Watt be part of that future in Houston? He's a today player on a tomorrow team, but removing his leadership from the building could set the Texans back even further.

Previous update: Houston Texans Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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