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

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Not much has changed for a Texans team that has only won one game since Week 6 and that already had a low confidence rating. Houston got a surprise win in Nashville in Week 11 but couldn't build on it Sunday, losing by a touchdown to the Jets. Now, the biggest question remaining for the Texans is where they pick in the draft, after having just one first-round pick since 2018. Houston is currently projected by ESPN's FPI to have an average draft position of 2.6 and has a 97.3% chance of having a top-5 pick. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 30

There's no question Tyrod Taylor makes the Texans more competitive on offense, but let's not mistake basic competence with actual quality. Taylor threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter as Houston took an early 11-point lead on the visiting Jets, but the Texans' attack went to sleep after that in an eventual 21-14 loss. How bad was the offense after its quick start? The Texans managed just 45 yards in the second half and were unable to score a point in their final seven drives against the league's No. 32-ranked defense. Meanwhile, Justin Reid is still trying to figure out why he didn't play. January 10th can't get here fast enough.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

So much for the idea that they could string together a few victories. The offense just isn't that good.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

Valuable loss to Jets on Sunday helps them settle in to No. 2 slot in the 2022 draft order ... though Week 15 date at Jacksonville looms as potential pothole.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Problem area: Offense. The Texans rank last in Football Outsiders' DVOA metric on that side of the ball. They're last in rushing offense and 30th in passing offense. With an injury to Tyrod Taylor and uneven play from both Taylor and Davis Mills, this passing offense has been a disaster. Houston needs to find a long-term answer at quarterback and surround him with better pass catchers than Taylor and Mills have been throwing to this season. The defense has turned a corner in the last month, but the offense is still holding this team back.

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