Dan Orlovsky claims C.J. Stroud is now ‘leading’ the MVP race after beating Joe Burrow at Paycor Stadium

Stroud made history last week by logging the highest passing yards by a rookie quarterback in the history of the NFL at 470 passing yards.


Dan Orlovsky claims C.J. Stroud is now ‘leading’ the MVP race after beating Joe Burrow at Paycor Stadium

C.J. Stroud and Dan Orlovsky (Via Sky Sports and ESPN)

Looks like the ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky is ready to crown the Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud the NFL MVP. A week later, the former NFL quarterback was arguing that Stroud sure is among the MVP race, but this week he called him the “leader.”

After claiming victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Texans are now leading with 5-4. But Orlovsky seemed to have taken something else from the game –Stroud leading the NFL MVP conversation.

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While talking on the matter, the analyst Orlovsky confidently asserted,

Last week, I said C.J. Stroud in the MVP conversation. I was wrong, he’s the leader.
Dan Orlovsky via ESPN’s Get Up

As he said those words, he got interrupted by Tedy Bruschi, who put forward a very important point. The former linebacker highlighted how Stroud does have amazing skills, but the Texans as a team do not. He considers Eagles’ A.J. Brown and Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill in the MVP race, both teams leading their divisions.

The team’s not good enough. You’ve got 7-2 football teams out there, you’ve got 8-1 football teams out there. I recognize the skill and all of that, get up in the division first. Can we have the MVP lead his own division first?
Tedy Bruschi

However, Orlovsky seemed to have optimistic beliefs in the quarterback Stroud.

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The context matters in this conversation…. They’re 5-4, he’s gone back-to-back games against Todd Bowles and Lou Anarumo and thrown for like 860 (yards) and seven touchdowns, he’s gone on the road and beat Joe Burrow.

C.J. Stroud’s Week 9 performance was extra ordinary

So far, Week 9 has gone amazingly well for the Texans. As they record the highest points made by a team in a week of 9, since 2021. Also, the highest net passing yards to put up since 2012, according to the Pro Football Reference. As for the quarterback Stroud, he made history by logging the highest passing yards by a rookie quarterback in the history of the NFL, which was 470 passing yards.

C.J. Stroud
C.J. Stroud (Via Eleven Warriors)

The quarterback had a remarkable week with five perfect touchdowns and no interceptions. He posted a passer rating of 147.8 and a completion percentage of 71.4%.

Meanwhile, Houston’s wide receivers Noah Brown and Tank Dell had huge outings. As Brown recorded six catches for 153 yards along with a touchdown, while Dell also recorded six catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns.

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