Record-Setting C.J. Stroud Returns to Ohio for Showdown Against Joe Burrow
A Homecoming for Stroud
C.J. Stroud, the rookie quarterback for the Houston Texans, is set to enjoy a homecoming of sorts this Sunday in Cincinnati. Although the Bengals’ stadium is not exactly next door to his alma mater, Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, it is close enough to draw a significant number of Buckeyes fans. Stroud, however, is not expecting their support for his team, but rather to do what he did plenty of in scarlet and gray: win games in the Buckeye State.
Excitement and Respect
Stroud expressed his excitement about returning to Ohio, acknowledging that there may be a few Ohio State fans in the crowd, even if they might be booing him. He also spoke highly of his opponent, Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback. Stroud and Burrow share a connection as former Buckeyes, and Stroud admires Burrow’s success and leadership. He considers Burrow an MVP candidate and looks forward to competing against him.
Phenomenal Start for Stroud
Stroud has had a remarkable start to his rookie season, setting a record for the most consecutive pass attempts to start a career without throwing an interception. He broke a decade-long record held by Andrew Luck and led his team to a thrilling comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 470 passing yards and five touchdowns. Stroud’s performance has reignited excitement among Texans fans, who have been longing for a successful season.
A Shift in the Spotlight
With Stroud’s impressive performance and the Texans’ newfound success, fans in Houston are starting to pay attention again. Stroud and his team are determined to bring back the excitement and support of the past, and they appreciate the growing buzz around their games. Even outside of football, notable figures like LeBron James have taken notice of Stroud’s early success and consider him a strong contender for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
This weekend’s matchup between Stroud and Burrow is not just a showdown between two former Buckeyes but also a chance for the Texans to prove themselves against a franchise quarterback. If Stroud outduels Burrow, the spotlight will undoubtedly shift to the Texans, propelling them into the forefront of the football world.