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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Houston Texans

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:

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

New Year's resolution: Trade Deshaun Watson

Both parties have made it clear that Watson's future is not in Houston. While the Texans and Dolphins tried to get a deal done at the trade deadline, the lawsuits against Watson alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior prevented that from happening. Obviously there are still a lot of unknowns for how Watson's legal situation plays out, but at some point the Texans will move on from the quarterback and be able to move on to the next chapter in the franchise. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 27

Let's give some love to the NFL's most under-appreciated playmaker: Brandin Cooks. The veteran wideout had Houston's lone touchdown in Sunday's loss to the 49ers and has quietly put together yet another productive season in a career filled with them. True story: Cooks now has six 1,000-yard seasons in his eight years in the NFL. He's also played with four teams in those eight years, which tells you this is a man who's been fighting a Rodney Dangerfield level of disrespect from the jump. We got you, bud.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They played tough again at San Francisco, which could mean David Culley is coming back. Can they knock off the Titans this week?

USA Today -- Rank: 30

Tip of the cap to WR Brandin Cooks, who managed a career-best 87 receptions in 2021 despite suboptimal circumstances ... to say the least.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Future MVP: The best-case scenario for the Texans in 2022 is that they find something special in quarterback Davis Mills, but who knows what will happen there. So for now, we'll pick defensive end Jonathan Greenard, who has been the Texans' breakout player on defense, with eight sacks. The Texans have few building blocks, but at least in Greenard, they've found a quality starter.

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