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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:

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

They probably should have been big sellers at the deadline, given that they don't pick until the third round of the 2021 draft. But instead, Houston sat tight. They're 1-6 and get the Jaguars coming out of the bye.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

They come off the bye with an eye on next year. They are considering trading some of their players to get picks, which is clearly look-ahead mode.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

If you're wondering who runs the ball less effectively than Houston (84.9 yards per game), the answer is nobody.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

Reason for optimism: QB Deshaun Watson

The Texans are 1-6, but one of the few points of optimism for the future is that they have a franchise quarterback under a long-term contract. Even without his former No. 1 target, DeAndre Hopkins, Watson has thrown for at least 300 yards in his past four games and has 11 touchdowns in that span. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 26

The season is lost, the head coach is already history and the Texans find themselves in an unenviable place -- as a team set up for neither the present nor the future. A 1-6 record typically brings a silver lining in the form of a likely top-10 draft pick to come, but Houston sent that consolation prize to the Dolphins as part of the Laremy Tunsil mega-trade in 2019. (If you dare to look, Miami is currently set up to pick fourth overall in Houston's spot.) Tunsil is a great talent who brought stability to left tackle, but the cost is steep when you combine the draft assets surrendered with Tunsil's top-of-the-market price tag.

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