Can CJ Stroud Win the MVP?

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As the 2023 NFL season unfolds, the Houston Texans is defying preseason odds and emerging as playoffs contenders in the AFC. With a rookie quarterback, the Texans have surpassed last years win total. But can the Texans win QB win the MVP? Let’s see how he has entered the conversation. The Texans boast a 5-4 record, trailing the division-leading Jacksonville Jaguars by just one game in the highly competitive AFC South.

C.J. Stroud Is Making a Serious Push for League MVP - Sports Illustrated

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The team’s success puts C.J. Stroud’s impact at center stage. C.J. Stroud’s talent is undeniable. With a completion rate of 61.6%, Stroud has thrown for 2,626 yards and 15 touchdowns, with a mere two interceptions. His poise in the pocket and ability to make clutch plays have set the tone for the Texans’ ascent in the standings. One of the standout features of Stroud’s game is his deep ball ability.

The quarterback has completed 21 of 35 attempts for 696 yards and six touchdowns on throws over 20 yards. He has not thrown an interception on deep passes. His throwing 60.0% on deep throws ranks him third-best in the NFL. Stroud’s success extends beyond statistics; it lies in the precision and decision-making skills he brings to the field. His ability to read defenses, make accurate throws, and avoid costly mistakes has been a game-changer for the Texans. In a league where rookie quarterbacks have a steep learning curve, Stroud is showing maturity beyond his years.

C.J. Stroud

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With each game, he solidifies his place as a star in the NFL. The rookie shows no signs of slowing down. He’s has the combination of accuracy, poise, and a penchant for making big plays, Stroud has not only met but exceeded expectations. The Houston Texans are firmly in the playoff conversation, and C.J. Stroud is the catalyst driving their unexpected journey to contention. Can a rookie win MVP?

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S.K. Patrick is a sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experience. Patrick graduated from the University of Louisville with his BA in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Patrick has been part of Louisville's local sports community for several years. He’s a former high school football player and little league football coach. Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office. He now covers the ACC, along with Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has reported on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and many others. Professionally he has covered the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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