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

ESPN -- Rank: 30

After a season-opening victory over the Jaguars, the confidence rating started relatively OK as compared to what was expected. Since then, the Texans have lost five straight games -- and only two were even close. They have not won on the road, and they dropped the past two away games by a combined score of 71-3. Houston lost quarterback Tyrod Taylor to a left hamstring injury in Week 2, and his replacement -- 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills -- has struggled in his place. David Culley said the Texans are taking it week to week with Taylor, but the coach isn't sure when the veteran will return. Until that happens, it's hard to see the Texans improving on offense. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 32

The Texans have lost five straight, they were outscored 71-3 in their last two road games, and generally look like the worst team in football. We knew David Culley had a challenging job ahead of him when he was named head coach, but this is starting to feel like an impossible test now that the season has taken shape and you see how thoroughly Houston is outmanned on a weekly basis. Having a third-round rookie taking every snap only amplifies the challenge that faces the coaching staff, but the idea of turning back to veteran Tyrod Taylor once he returns from his hamstring injury -- which could be very soon -- feels counterintuitive for a team playing for tomorrow. Where will the next win come from?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

They won't win a lot of games this year, but that was to be expected. Now comes all the talk about what to do with Deshaun Watson and when to trade him.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

Congratulations to OLB Whitney Mercilus, the latest Houston player to escape NFL purgatory and a good guy who deserves a better football fate.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Rookie Heat Check: The Texans surely never expected third-round quarterback Davis Mills to play this much this soon, but because of an injury to Tyrod Taylor (and the Deshaun Watson situation), Mills has been the most prominent and productive member of the Texans' small draft class. He had one strong game, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, in a loss to New England. He's also had a couple of really rough ones, like his four-interception performance against Buffalo earlier this month.

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