The overlords at SB Nation released a set of NFL Power Rankings a day or two ago. The premise of the exercise is really simple. Which teams are built not just for 2019, but for the future beyond that?
It’s mainly teams with a young quarterback and lots of cap space. The Texans are one of those teams, and as a result, they ranked fifth, behind the Colts, Chiefs, Rams, and Bears. Here is what they said.
Top 100 draft picks: 23rd, 54th, 55th, 86th
Cap space: $64.5 million
After an 0-3 start to the season, Houston tore through the remainder of its schedule to finish 11-5. The Texans were extremely difficult to run against, good at running the ball, and had the often impossible to stop combo of Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins. They just happened to run into the team at the top of this list in the postseason. The Texans’ copious amount of cap space will drop once they presumably pay up to keep Jadeveon Clowney, Kareem Jackson and Tyrann Mathieu — or at least try. But there’s still going to be enough to add a little more help for a Super Bowl push.