2020 NFL Power Rankings: Houston Texans
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: 26.0 (26th)
- Best ranking: 20th (CBS Sports)
- Worst ranking: 29th (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 25
They traded their first-round pick in a deal that landed Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil is a quality left tackle, but it's reasonable to wonder if the Texans gave up too much (two first-round picks) to land him, especially knowing what they had to pay ($22 million per year) to keep him. Houston's first pick last season was defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, whom they selected in the second round. He's played 21 percent of their defensive snaps, has no sacks and one QB hit.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 20
That was a terrible showing against the Bears. The defense is horrible. It's on to next year.
USA Today -- Rank: 27
DE J.J. Watt's 0.38 sacks per game are easily the lowest of his career when he's played at least half the season.
ESPN -- Rank: 29
While the Texans overhauled their offense -- minus quarterback Deshaun Watson -- this season, they didn't make many changes on defense. That's why they rank 31st in the defensive FPI rankings. The unit that gave up 51 points to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the playoffs in January has not improved this season, and even a healthy J.J. Watt can make only so much of a difference. Houston gave up 36 points to the Bears on Sunday in a performance that Watt called "embarrassing." -- Sarah Barshop
NFL.com -- Rank: 29
The Texans are a hot mess right now. The offense, even with Deshaun Watson under center, is severely limited by the wave of injuries (and a suspension) that have sanded away the playmakers. The defense is even worse off. On Sunday, the unit was lit by up by Mitchell Trubisky of all people in a 36-7 loss to the Bears. After the game, J.J. Watt lamented how Houston was “not competitive.” Even more troubling, the Texans won't have the draft resources to import top-tier talent to the defense this spring. It puts the organization -- one currently operating with an interim head coach and without a GM -- in a tricky situation. Where do you start when you have a superstar quarterback and almost nothing else?
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