Saturday, November 20, 2021

Houston Texans Week 11 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: 31.4 (31st)
  • Best ranking: 31 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 32 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Most important remaining game: Nov. 28 vs. Jets

Two of the Texans' final eight games come against teams with only two wins: the Jets and Jaguars. The best chance at a victory might be against the Jets at home in Week 12. It's a game that will likely impact draft position the most. Houston's lone triumph this season came in Week 1 against the Jaguars. The Texans (1-8) are currently a half-game behind the 0-8-1 Lions for the No. 1 pick. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 32

When we look back at the history of the Texans a decade from now, 2021 will be remembered -- if it's remembered at all -- as the lost season for Houston's NFL franchise. The depressing Deshaun Watson saga overshadowed anything that happened on the field from the summer through October, and when that drama was (temporarily) tabled post-trade deadline, all that was left was the worst team in football playing out the string ahead of what could be a massive organizational reboot. The coaches and players live in football purgatory: They exist, but everything about this team feels ephemeral. The wrecking ball is coming. Collect your paychecks and try to compile some decent tape.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

They come off their bye with a tough road game against the Titans. Remember when those two teams used to be comparable? They aren't anymore.

USA Today -- Rank: 32

They emerge from bye week owners of the league's longest losing streak (8) ... only to face Tennessee squad riding NFL-high six-game winning streak.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Steal a player: Alvin Kamara, Saints running back

The Texans have the NFL's worst rushing offense: last in total yards, with just 682 rushing yards in nine games, and last in yards per attempt (3.3). Sure, it's one of just many issues for the Texans, and David Culley's team could stand to swap out a player at every position. But an all-around offensive weapon like Kamara would be the perfect place to start. Kamara would instantly improve the Texans' rushing attack, and he'd also be a receiving option unlike anyone on Houston's roster.

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