And, by “bounce back” I mean Stroud made a statement game that’s landed him the NFL record books - again. Oh, and add in “come from behind” and “last drive heroics”.
C.J. Stroud was out of his mind in the second half. My goodness.— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) November 6, 2023
158.3 QB Rating#Texans
And, just to set it straight, Stroud did this behind a patchwork offensive line, with a run game that offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik has yet to get in gear, with a backup kicker, against a Buccaneer defense that blitzes more often than all but two other teams.
Stroud didn’t do it all by himself, though. Wide receiver Noah Brown caught six passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. And fellow wideout Tank Dell helped Brown into the end zone.
Tight end Dalton Schultz caught 10 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
Dell himself grabbed six passes for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Nico Collins caught three balls for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Oh, and running back Dare Ogunbowale KICKED a 50-yarder for three points, plus one point-after-touchdown.
But, none of that would have been possible without the second overall draft pick.
CJ Stroud has thrown for 470 yards and 5 TDs without an INT and has a rating of 147.8. This is one of the greatest performances I've ever covered. He had no kicker in the second half and a running game that gained 53 yards. Amazing performance by Stroud and the passing game.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) November 5, 2023
While the 2023 Houston Texans aren’t likely to win the Super Bowl, Stroud is certainly showing that this young team has a TON of promise for better seasons ahead.
Nick Caserio and DeMeco Ryans have done a great job of assembling a fantastic young core to this squad and with Stroud leading the way, it’s a fantastic time to be a Texans fan.
Enjoy it! And make sure to tell the world.
I know that most of America isn’t paying attention to the Texans vs Bucs on today of all days, but you’re missing CJ Stroud lock up rookie of the year.— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) November 5, 2023