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: 26.4 (26th)
- Best ranking: 24th (NFL.com)
- Worst ranking: 29th (CBS Sports)
Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 26
I agree with The Athletic's Aaron Reiss that Romeo Crennel made a smart move going for two with 1:50 left against the Titans, and it had nothing to do with analytics or win probabilities. The Texans were up 36-29 after a Deshaun Watson touchdown pass. A two-point conversion would have put them up nine and essentially clinched the game. I like the move to be aggressive there and put the ball in Watson's hands, especially considering that Houston's defense was getting gashed all day (not to mention the Titans' red-zone stats I cited earlier). It didn't work out -- the Titans went right down the field, tied the game, got the ball first in overtime and scored a touchdown to win it -- but the process made sense. The very same result could have played out if the Titans converted on their theoretical two-point try. This way, Crennel counted on Watson to convert rather than on the Texans' defense to stop Tennessee from converting.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 28
The defense is putrid. They can't stop anybody, which is why it's going to be a long season. At least Deshaun Watson has come alive in the past two weeks.
USA Today -- Rank: 27
With Houston mired at 1-5 and devoid of draft picks, might it be in everyone's best interest to start shopping J.J. Watt to contenders?
ESPN -- Rank: 26
Most impactful injury: CB Gareon Conley
The Texans have been relatively healthy, but they did start the year without Conley, who had ankle surgery during the offseason. Who knows if Conley would have made a huge difference for a secondary allowing an average of 245.5 passing yards per game, but he would have given defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver another option behind Bradley Roby and Vernon Hargreaves. -- Sarah Barshop
NFL.com -- Rank: 24
A painful near-miss for the Texans, who had a chance to get themselves back into the AFC South race but couldn't close in an overtime loss to the Titans. The defense gave up 601 yards, 264 of those coming from Derrick Henry alone. Interim coach Romeo Crennel caught heat for his decision to go for a 2-point conversion up seven in the final minutes, but Crennel saw the bigger picture. His defense wasn't going to get a stop on that final drive; going up two scores was the only way to ensure a win. At least Deshaun Watson is looking like a superstar again as he develops chemistry with his new supporting cast. Brandin Cooks stood out, finishing with nine catches and a score on nine targets. Find a way to beat the Packers at home this week, or start planning for 2021.
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