To put it bluntly, the Houston Texans are not a good team. They finished 4-12 last season and had only two players selected to the Pro Bowl. One of those players, franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson, has a murky future that got even murkier when 22 civil lawsuits were filed against him by women alleging sexual assault and misconduct.
Left tackle Laremy Tunsil was Houston’s other Pro Bowler last year. He’s one of the best left tackles in football, but he also cost the Texans two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder in one of former head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien’s many questionable (at best) moves.
With Watson’s future up in the air, Houston’s roster is seriously lacking talent. But when players fire up Madden 22 later this month, just how bad is the Texans’ roster going to look?
Without Deshaun Watson, the Houston Texans’ Madden NFL 22 ratings are appalling
It’s a safe assumption at this point that Watson won’t be starting the season behind center in Houston. Watson’s Madden rating of 90 is in line with some of the other young franchise quarterbacks in the NFL. But when he’s removed from the Texans’ roster, things begin to look bleak.
Tunsil has an overall rating of 89, which is among the best at his position. Then comes the free-fall.
Houston’s next-highest-rated players are wide receiver Brandin Cooks (85), cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Desmond King II (84 and 83, respectively), safety Justin Reid (83), and running back Phillip Lindsay (83). No other Houston player has a rating over 80. Only five other players are rated over 75, and the Texans just traded one of them.
How bad is Houston compared to other rosters in Madden?
As a team, the Texans were awarded an overall rating of 76. That slots them in as the sixth-worst team in Madden 22. But that’s also with Watson included.
Cooks is a good example of this appallingly awful roster. His rating of 85 makes him the 25th-best receiver in the game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, and Seattle Seahawks have multiple receivers rated higher. After Cooks, Houston’s highest-rated receivers are Chris Conley and Keke Coutee, each at 74. Not exactly household names.
Running back is an even more troubling position in Houston. David Johnson’s rating of 77 is the highest behind Lindsay’s. Johnson has a total of 1,036 yards and eight touchdowns the past two seasons. He had 1,239 yards in 2016 and has rushed for 2,011 total in the four years since.
Lindsay is the 21st-rated running back in Madden this year. Johnson is 40th.
Without Watson, the Texans’ starting quarterback appears likely to be Tyrod Taylor, who was given a rating of 68. Rookie Davis Mills has a rating of 63. If a starting quarterback in the NFL is the most important position in all sports, Houston is in trouble. Taylor is the 43rd-ranked QB in the game. With 32 teams and 32 starters, the Texans’ starter is worse than 10 teams’ backups.
Houston Texans fans are in for a rough NFL season
Last year’s record of 4-12 might be the pinnacle for the foreseeable future for Texans fans. Their star quarterback isn’t long for the franchise, which makes their best player an offensive lineman. Their offensive skill-position players are below average, and their only decent position group looks to be their secondary. Even that group will struggle behind a sub-par defensive line, highlighted by the departure of the best player in franchise history, J.J. Watt.
The Texans will struggle mightily this upcoming season, and it sure doesn’t look like Hoston will be any better in the Madden world, either.
All Madden ratings courtesy of EA Sports.