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

ESPN -- Rank: 32

The Texans changed quarterbacks -- replacing Tyrod Taylor with Davis Mills -- but it didn't do much to help a struggling offense that the FPI says is last in the NFL. Houston's defense has some playmakers, but it has been gashed all season. The Texans' special teams unit has been a brighter spot, including kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn, who made a 61-yard field goal in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

I've had a working theory that the Texans' plan is to memory hole the entire 2021 season once this whole sordid affair wraps up on Jan. 9. That hypothetical plan hit a minor snag on Sunday, when Ka'imi Fairbairn split the uprights with a 61-yard field goal on the final play of the first half against the Seahawks -- the longest field goal in the 20-year history of the Texans. Houston brass can completely reboot the machine if they wish this offseason, but the next Texans media guide will be unable to ignore the ineradicable greatness Fairbairn gave the world on Dec. 12, 2021.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

Davis Mills actually did some good things against the Seahawks. Now they play the Jaguars in a game that could decide who picks first overall.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

Apparently, they're considering rookie QB Davis Mills, who's 0-7 this year, as their starter for 2022. Seems like a good plan.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Worst-case scenario: Injuries to Davis Mills and Tyrod Taylor in the same game force the Texans to close out the season with the other quarterback on their roster, Jeff Driskel, who recently moved to tight end and was active in Week 14 but didn't play. Because Driskel hasn't practiced at quarterback in weeks, the Texans lean on an option-heavy offense, and it works a little too well, helping Houston win two of its final four games. The Texans enter the offseason with a worse draft pick than many expected and too limited a sample to really know what they have in Mills, a third-round rookie.

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