2018 NFL Power Rankings: Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh puts Rams on top

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21. Houston Texans

Just when the Houston Texans were finally excited over finding a quarterback to build a franchise around, Deshaun Watson’s season came to an early end as a rookie after suffering a torn ACL, resulting in the team finishing with a 4-12 record on the season. Take this into consideration with J.J. Watt missing most of the year as well, the injury bug played a huge role in the Texans season in 2017, although there is reason to believe this team will bounce back.

Assuming that everyone continues to rehab well over the next few months to get healthy, Houston could very well emerge as one of the top teams to beat in the AFC since they’ll be loaded with talent on both sides of the football. Over the years, the Texans have always been considered to be one quarterback away from being a serious contender in the AFC, and if Watson returns to his old ways, there’s every reason to believe this team will live up to the hype.

Whether Watson will be as effective with his legs, only time will tell since he may be hesitant to run as often as before after the ACL injury. Either way, at least Houston can finally be excited over a quarterback of the future for the first time in what seems like forever.