Houston Texans rookie quarterback CJ Stroud quickly caught the attention of the league with his strong play in just a handful of games in his career. However, for those who are not convinced by the eye test, here are three amazing statistics that prove that Stroud is a real rarity.
Air Domination: After throwing for 336 yards in a Week 11 (21-16) win over the Arizona Cardinals, Stroud has recorded 300 or more passing yards in five games this season. Heading into Week 12, Stroud and Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagaviola remain tied for the most 300-yard passing yards in the NFL, with five each.
Stroud has surpassed 300 passing yards in three straight games, throwing for 1,162 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s no surprise that the Texans are leading 3-0 after Stroud’s impressive stretch.
Victory at historic pace: No one gave the Houston Texans much of a chance to compete in 2023. However, just 11 weeks into the season, they are in the thick of the playoff hunt, largely due to the emergence of Stroud, who also has a winning QB at a historic rate. According to CBS SportsStroud is only the second QB in the common draft era to record a winning record in 10 starts, joining former Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck.
Don’t look now, but the Texans have won three in a row and four of their last five. With a record of 6-4, they are only one game behind the AFC South leaders Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3).
I already live in Houston: Stroud made his home at NRG Stadium, where he racked up 1,695 passing yards in five games. Behind OptaStatisticsthat’s the most in NFL history by a quarterback in five home starts.
Stroud led the Texans to a dominant 4-1 home record with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. In Houston’s four home wins, they have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 110-72.
The rising Texas star didn’t have his best day on Sunday, throwing a career-high two touchdowns and three interceptions. However, his response to poor shooting should excite Texas fans as much as his impressive stats.
“Steph Curry never stop shooting, I’m going to keep shooting,” Stroud said via via Ari Alexander from NBC Houston. “I definitely need to be smarter – my confidence hasn’t been taken away. I’m going to keep letting it fly.”