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NFL preseason power rankings: No. 27 Houston Texans

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The Texans should bounce back from an abysmal 2013, but expectations should still be tempered for them.

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2013 Record: 2-14

Notable Losses: Matt Schaub, Ben Tate, Owen Daniels, Antonio Smith, Danieal Manning, T.J. Yates

Notable Gains: Andre Brown, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Akeem Dent, Chris Clemons,Kendrick Lewis

Draft Class: Jadeveon Clowney, Xavier Su'a-Filo, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Louis Nix III, Tom Savage, Jeoffrey Pagan, Alfred Blue, Jay Prosch, Andre Hal, Lonnie Ballentine

The Facts: The Texans followed a 2-0 start with an 0-14 finish, that featured Matt Schaub completely collapsing as a quarterback. But the Texans are still a very talented team with reasons for optimism. They have Andre Johnson, who has returned to training camp, DeAndre Hopkins, who is the No. 2 receiver Texans fans have been waiting for, Garrett Graham and rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz, who should make a nice two tight end set and a very talented offensive line. Defensively the Texans should be fine.

They have an intimidating defensive line that just got better with Jadeveon Clowney, which should make the secondaries job much easier. On the quarterback front, there's not much to say. Ryan Fitzpatrick would have a hard time living up to Matt Schaub's implosion for the Texans, but he's not going to come in and be the guy either. Maybe Bill O'Brien coaches up Fitzpatrick into a solid game-manager, or reels in Case Keenum's gunslinging nature, or maybe Tom Savage shows some potential to be the guy in Houston. But there's nothing here that makes me think the Texans won't draft a quarterback in 2015.

Predicted Record: 6-10. Wins against the Jaguars, Bills, Titans, Colts ,Redskins and Bengals.

If you disagree with my assessment and ranking remember: Unless it's something crazy, your guess is as good as mine.