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

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Prediction we missed: Even though the Texans would not win many games, they would be competitive.

This has not been the case at all in Houston, despite having veteran players make up the majority of the roster. The Texans have been an undisciplined team, making mental mistakes and committing penalties at costly times. Of course, the Texans didn't expect to start rookie quarterback Davis Mills in Week 3, but since then, they haven't won a game, and only one was close. Houston has not scored a touchdown on the road since the fourth quarter of Week 2 and has been outscored 102-8 in its last three road games. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 32

Tyrod Taylor returned to practice, but that's not the quarterback who will garner headlines around the Texans this week. The trade deadline is next Tuesday, and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning Deshaun Watson is expected to be moved before that date. There appear to be multiple suitors interested in Watson, which goes to show you just how much some NFL teams are willing to overlook if it means landing a Pro Bowl quarterback in his physical prime. Moving Watson now would represent a best-case scenario for the Texans: They'd acquire a slew of premium draft picks while unloading the toxicity connected to their former franchise star. A win-win at the highest level.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

They are so undermanned right now that they can't compete. When does Deshaun Watson get traded? Anybody else going with him?

USA Today -- Rank: 32

Welp, maybe they're at least about to emerge from Deshaun Watson's very long shadow.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

Trick or treat: Will the Texans be able to pull off the ultimate trick in the next week by making their Deshaun Watson problem disappear? Stay tuned!

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