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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 10 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Bold second-half prediction: The Texans will be picking No. 2 in the NFL draft.

The Lions may be the only team worse in the NFL than the Texans, and although they're only a half-game worse than Houston at the midway point of the season, they do play in a tougher division. After losing to the Dolphins on Sunday, Houston's best bet to win a game likely comes against the New York Jets in Week 12 or in Jacksonville in Week 15. The Texans' No. 3 pick last year went to Miami as part of the 2019 trade for left tackle Laremy Tunsil. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 32

Tyrod Taylor was supposed to bring veteran stability to the Texans in his return to the lineup after missing six games with a hamstring injury. That didn't happen. Taylor threw three interceptions and was sacked five times in a grisly 17-9 loss to the Dolphins that made Houston the 12th team in NFL history to follow a season-opening win with eight consecutive defeats. Sunday's results aside, Taylor probably gives Houston the best chance to win on a weekly basis, but it might make more sense to continue an evaluation on rookie passer Davis Mills. Week 18 can't arrive soon enough for this franchise.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

So going back to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback wasn't exactly the move to ignite this team. He was bad against Miami and you have to wonder if they might not go back to Davis Mills at some point after their bye.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

QB Tyrod Taylor can be forgiven for being rusty, but throwing multiple (bad) INTs for just the second time in his career? Yikes.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Are they good? Not at all. Sunday's loss was Houston's fifth game already this season in which it failed to score at least 10 points. That's already the most for any NFL team in a season since the 2018 Jaguars did it six times. The Texans have this week off, mercifully, as they're an NFL-worst minus-130 in point differential. That puts them on pace to finish at minus-245 -- four points better than the 0-16 2008 Lions. The league record is the 1976 Bucs at minus-287, the absolute zero of bad football.

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