2021 NFL Power Rankings: Wildcard Weekend

We made it to the end! Since August, there has been a bunch of stroylin-flavored football games every weekend that will take us through the ebb and flow of one of the strangest seasons in Texas history. New head coach and general manager who were not at the top of anyone’s list in February, lukewarm remodeling investment underlined by Rex Burkhead and Danny Amendola, TyGOD, Mark Ingram’s short career as Houston, Texas, Fall TyGOD and the rise of the Davis Mills Legion, Justin Reid, the shadow of Jack Easterby’s eminence, and a lot of losses in between.

In many ways, the football season is like this wasteland. Houston was considered one of the worst teams in football entering the season and in a few moments it was. The Houston offensive line was a complete disaster for most of the season, and the pressure on Tyrod Taylor to do nothing in every game and for Davis Mills to develop on the fly were times when the Texans looked at home. stuck in the mud before doing anything productive. This was a season when they were supposed to be bad, when they would be swallowed up by the desert and never see them until they became something completely different.

But even in this great emptiness, there are pebbles of something special. A quick pass from Lovie Smith, Jonathan Greenard pro-bowl snub, Brevin Jordan and Nico Collins joined the starting lineup and … Davis Mills has turned into one of the surprising beginning creators of the 2021 NFL season! Week after week, we’ve seen Davis Mills and Texans slowly form into a legitimately challenging NFL rival, more than able to force a few turns so our growing quarterback can steal a game with several side rainbows in favor of Brandin Cooks and Chris Moore.

In their final game, at home against rival Tennessee Titans, the Texans had another chance to show how they had improved. In fact, this last game, where Texans could play big spoilers to their rival, served as a microcosm of the entire season. In the first half, the Texas attack was swallowed up by quicksand, which was completely incapable of striking against the frankly midfielder of Tennessee. The Houston defense did what they could, but Ryan Tannehill and AJ Brown came to win and played as such.

At half-time with a 21-0 loss, Houston had to climb off the quicksand he was so often drowning in, and Davis Mills had to prove he could perform under that weight if he wanted to keep his starting position next season. It wouldn’t be easy against one of the best AFC teams, but it seems that the quality of the opponent did not matter to the Texans in December. They scored anyway.

In the second half, the Texans showed what they were capable of. The fast-paced attack, which can score almost at will to praise the distressing and intervening defenses, was exactly what the Texans needed to return to the game, and so they played most of the second half of the season. . It was their ceiling for this year, but unfortunately their ceiling was still not good enough for them.

In the end, the Texans still lost, dropping to 4:13 this season, canceling their amazing comeback. Great return, highlighted by games that showcase a young core of newcomers, blown by the letter L on the scorecard. How can I praise them with such a taste when they are still losing? It is not easy to root a team that has lost so much, but it sheds light on the grains of good news that are born under the headlines. For us, pebbles are not just pebbles, they are an oasis.

Here’s where everyone rates Texans at the end of the basics:

NFL.COM:

27. Houston Texans (4-13)

Previous order: No. 27

These Texans were warriors. It wasn’t the most talented list – according to this metric he was probably in the bottom five – but the team fought hard for first-year coach David Culley and became increasingly competitive over the course of the season. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network announced on Sunday that Culley could be one and done, which would essentially confirm our summer theory that Culley was only given a large chair to preside over a gloomy franchise year. He showed a performance that deserves a second season on the sidelines, but it is possible that it was never planned in Houston.

PROFILE TALK:

28. Texans (4-13, No. 28): Whether or not David Culley stays, it would be nice if someone informed the guy.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATIONS:

30. Houston Texans (4-13)

Poll points: 20

Highest number of votes: 29 (2 votes)

Lowest vote: 30 (4 votes)

Season result: Third place in AFC South

The Texans were expected to be the worst team in the NFL, but they fought hard for David Culley and competed (at least in many games) with Davis Mills.

CBS SPORTS:

28. Houston Texans (4-13)

They must be thrilled with the progress of Davis Mills. It may be their long-term answer. Now it’s time to replace Deshaun Watson.

YAHOO! SPORTS:

28. Houston Texans (4-13, LW: 29)

The Texans apparently found out on Monday whether David Culley would remain as a coach. Which speaks of an organization that lacks leadership and clarity, but it’s also strange because it’s not possible to blame Culley for not getting more off the list. He did a pretty good job. If Houston has a behind-the-scenes deal with a coach they like much more, that’s fine, but it would be a strange situation that happens once and done.

After the last month of the Games, the Texans climbed out of the quicksand that had haunted them all season, proving to everyone that they were more than their record suggested. At one point, it seemed inevitable that the Texans would be considered the worst team in football, even though we ended up with more wins than the Jaguars and Lions. But now it is clear that the Houston Texans are more than just the sum of their parts and are on the rise, entering 2022.

Here is my personal ranking of forces for the end of the base season 2021:

  1. Green Bay Packers (13-4) (last week: 1)

  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) (last week: 3)

  3. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5) (last week: 5)

  4. Buffalo Bills (11-6) (last week: 6)

  5. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) (last week: 4)

  6. Los Angeles Rams (12-5) (last week: 2)

  7. Tennessee Titans (12-5) (last week: 8)
  8. Dallas Cowboys (12-5) (last week: 10)

  9. San Francisco 49ers (10-7) (last week: 12)

  10. Arizona Cardinals (11-6) (last week: 7)

  11. New England Patriots (10-7) (last week: 9)

  12. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7) (last week: 15)

  13. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) (last week: 14)

  14. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1) (last week: 16)

  15. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8) (last week: 13)

  16. Indianapolis Colts (9-8) (last week: 11)

  17. Miami Dolphins (9-8) (last week: 19)

  18. New Orleans Saints (9–8) (last week: 18)

  19. Baltimore Ravens (8-9) (last week: 17)

  20. Cleveland Browns (8-9) (last week: 21)

  21. Atlanta Falcons (7-10) (last week: 20)

  22. Minnesota Vikings (8-9) (last week: 22)

  23. Denver Broncos (7-10) (last week: 24)

  24. Seattle Seahawks (7-10) (last week: 27)

  25. Chicago Bears (6-11) (last week: 23)

  26. Washington Football Team (7-10) (last week: 25)

  27. Houston Texans (4-13) (last week: 28)
  28. New York Jets (4-13) (last week: 26)

  29. Detroit Lions (3-13-1) (last week: 30)

  30. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14) (last week: 32)

  31. Carolina Panthers (5-12) (last week: 29)

  32. New York Giants (4-13) (last week: 31)

The Houston Texans finished 27th in my ranking! Not bad given all the riots they went through this season.

The last week of the basic part of this year was filled to the brim with the classic nail biting between the playoffs and playoffs of promising teams. Justin Herbert consolidated himself as a quarterback who happens once in a lifetime when he led another Chargers comeback, who ultimately lagged behind the reviving Raiders. I didn’t believe in the Raiders until this match and now that they are in the playoffs and in a series of four wins they are capable of everything. But first they have to get through the Cincinnati Bengals, who beat them in their regular meeting season. When the Bengals are hot, they are a Super Bowl team, and if their victory against the Chiefs is any clue, they are hot at the right time.

The Patriots lost in their final game to the Dolphins, who finished their season over the Belichickians. Congratulating their head coach, Dolphins fired Brian Flores the next day. A very controversial decision, given how much Flores has made for dolphins in the last two years, and a decision I believe will return and bite them sooner rather than later. On the other hand, the Patriots will meet the rising Bills for the third time this season. The Bills have had the roller coaster of the season, but Josh Allen and his defense seem to have finished at a high level. Who knows what version of the bills we’ll get on Saturday night when the Patriots arrive at Highmark Stadium, but I believe Allen will secure the victory if it comes to the wires.

On Sunday, we’ll see Philadelphia throw everything and a kitchen sink at Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to cause upset, and it might just work if Jalen Hurts played a game of his career. The Buccaneers have been sloppy over the last eight games of the season, and if the weaker version of the Philadelphia team managed to stay close against the defending champions in October, they are more than able to steal this if they manage to keep it. cap for the Bucs offense.

The San Francisco 49ers then head to Dallas to face Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. Both the 49ers and the Cowboys finished the season well and both have a defense that has already won a few matches on their own. It will be a game of trenches and turns, and since I believe the Cowboys are holding the lead on both of these fronts, I see them escape to the next round with a close victory.

To complete Sunday’s match list, the Pittsburgh Steelers will celebrate advancing to the playoffs by battling the Kansas City Chiefs, the same team that knocked them out a few weeks ago. The Steelers are lucky to be even in this situation, but like the Eagles, there are ways to win against the Chiefs. The Broncos showed it on Saturday, provided your defense remains strong and attacks No to make mistakes. In the end, if the Broncos can almost defeat the Chiefs, so will the Steelers. Either way, I don’t believe Patrick Mahomes will lose to this Steelers team, so the Chiefs will live to see the next round.

On Monday, in the final of Wildcard Weekend, we get the last match of the NFC West division, when the Cardinals travel to Los Angeles to compete with division champion Rams. The Cardinals have chosen the wrong time of year to play their best football, and they miss DeAndre Hopkins very much. If the return of Rondale Moore can shock the life of the retreating Arizona team, they may come out of this game to look like Super Bowl contenders who seemed to be back in September. But if Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson leave early, the Rams may just run away. I’m betting on Stafford to get into the clutch and secure his first playoff career.

The regular season is over and the Houston Texans are not in a good position. But with improved play in all aspects of the game by the end of the year, especially from Davis Mills, in 2022 he must feel good about his chances. Although I still believe that the Texans should draft a quarterback with an overall third selection. in the NFL 2022 draft, something tells me that Davis Mills will be throwing dimes next year as Texans try to lock the playoffs in the final weeks of the regular 2022 season. See you then!

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David Berry

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