Saturday, November 11, 2023

Houston Texans Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Houston Texans in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Non-QB MVP: LT Laremy Tunsil

Tunsil continues to show the world he deserves to be in the conversation for the best left tackle in the NFL. He's third among tackles in PBWR (94.1%) and is one of the biggest reasons rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has performed so well. Tunsil has anchored the protection around Stroud, who has been sacked only seven times in the past six games. -- DJ Bien-Aime -- Rank: 15

I regret not having the foresight to have claimed Bucs-Texans for our "What We Learned" assignments, so I missed it live. Watching the TV replay put me all in my feelings. Sunday had to be surreal for Texans fans, seeing C.J. Stroud shatter rookie passing marks, while the beloved Dare Ogunbowale earned his own unique place in history as a kicker. Sure, the Texans tripped over the garden hose at Carolina in Week 8, but this season already has been a massive, revitalizing success. Houston can make a legitimate stab at the postseason, with most remaining games looking like true toss-ups. Whether they get in or not, the Texans are big winners, because they have Stroud, Will Anderson Jr., Tank Dell and other members of a young, emerging nucleus of talent. To think, many thought losing the No. 1 pick in Week 18 last season was disastrous. The Texans are doing just fine for themselves, thank you very much.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

C.J. Stroud is proving to be the best of the rookie passers. He lit up the Bucs defense for more than 400 yards as the Texans evened their record at 4-4.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

After a weekend of shattering rookie passing records, Houston QB C.J. Stroud has another one in his sights. With 14 touchdown throws and one pick, he could annihilate Dak Prescott's mark (23 TDs, 4 INTs in 2016) for best TD-to-INT ratio among freshman passers.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

Report card: A

Houston has its quarterback. That's an automatic A. On Sunday, C.J. Stroud set an NFL rookie record with 470 passing yards. He also threw five touchdowns (versus no interceptions), including the game-winner with six seconds remaining. He became the sixth player in NFL history to have more than 450 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Overall, he is seventh in the league in passing yards (2,270) and third in yards per attempt (8.1).

FOX -- Rank: 13

He's been good all season, but we can officially anoint C.J. Stroud as a Dude, with a capital D. The most impressive thing about his NFL rookie record 470 passing yards is that he did it with no semblance of a run game to protect him. The Texans are bound to have more growing pains, but they've found their guy at QB and that's as big a win as you can ask for.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 16

The situation around C.J. Stroud isn't great. Nico Collins has talent but he had no consistency before this season. Robert Woods, who was supposed to be a steadying veteran presence, has been injured. Tank Dell is a rookie and not a first-rounder. The running game has done next to nothing. The offensive line dealt with multiple injuries, especially early in the season. There's some talent but it's worth noting that Stroud seems to be elevating everyone around him. That makes everything he's doing even more impressive.

PFT -- Rank: 16

They're finally learning how to win.

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