Saturday, November 14, 2020

Houston Texans Week 10 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: 25.8 (27th)
  • Best ranking: 23rd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 27th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Deshaun Watson is averaging a career-best 8.8 YPA and is on pace for 34 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. If the Texans' defense wasn't a complete disaster, they'd be positioned to at least snag a wild-card spot.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

They won at Jacksonville, but barely winning against a first-time rookie starter isn't something to brag about. They aren't good at all on defense.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Soon-to-be free agent WR Will Fuller V picked the right time for a career year ... though it's still perplexing that Houston didn't move him for draft picks.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Recalibrated expectation: Evaluate young talent for the future

With no reason to tank (they already traded their first- and second-round picks), the Texans are focused on finishing the season with a winning record under interim head coach Romeo Crennel (they're 2-2 since he took over). Houston's biggest goal is to evaluate the talent it has on the roster as there are several key players -- most notably wide receiver Will Fuller and defensive end J.J. Watt -- whom a new general manager and coach will have to make decisions on this offseason. The Texans don't believe they need to rebuild despite their record, but they do need to determine what players they can retool around in the future. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 26

The Texans decided to hold on to Will Fuller at the trade deadline. After a 27-25 win in which Fuller flashed his elite playmaking skills on a 77-yard touchdown, Deshaun Watson expressed relief that his No. 1 wideout was still a teammate. "It would have been hell if they would have did that, for sure," Watson said. The pair has undeniable chemistry, and Fuller -- currently in the final year of his rookie deal -- has managed to stay healthy while producing touchdowns in six straight games, breaking the franchise record previously held by DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans made a huge mistake when they let Hopkins out of the building -- they should think long and hard about allowing Fuller to follow suit.

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