Thursday, September 23, 2021

Houston Texans Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 27th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Fantasy surprise: RB Mark Ingram II

Because the Texans have five running backs on the roster, it made it a harder decision about whether one of the veteran backs (Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson) was startable. It was Ingram in Week 1 who led the way with 85 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He fueled the team again against the Browns, although he didn't get in the end zone. A lot of how the Texans' running backs are used will depend on the game script, which is why Johnson led the group in snaps played in Week 2. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 29

Tyrod Taylor was cooking up an upset special on Sunday in Cleveland. The journeyman QB completed his first 10 passes and scored a pair of early touchdowns against the heavily favored Browns. Then misfortune visited the star-crossed passer once again. Taylor pulled his hamstring in the final seconds of the first half -- the injury knocked him out of the game and led to a quick scratch from Thursday's Week 3 tilt against the Panthers. On Monday, Texans coach David Culley dismissed any thought that Deshaun Watson could re-enter the picture, so instead it will be rookie Davis Mills getting his first career start against a thriving Carolina defense in prime time. This doesn't feel promising.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

With Tyrod Taylor out, rookie Davis Mills gets the start against Carolina. After his first series against the Browns, he did some good things.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Bad enough we have to see them on a national stage in Week 3. But now we have to watch third-round rookie QB Davis Mills replace perennially luckless Tyrod Taylor while Deshaun Watson continues collecting paychecks from his couch.

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

This rating would be far higher if Tyrod Taylor hadn't suffered a hamstring injury that will sideline him for at least a few weeks. Taylor was playing great through six quarters, with three touchdown passes, a rushing score and no interceptions. But now he's out and rookie Davis Mills is starting on a short week against the Panthers on Thursday. Mills, who completed 8-of-18 passes for 102 yards, with a touchdown and an interception after replacing Taylor last week, will be backed up by Jeff Driskel. Deshaun Watson remains inactive.

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