Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud. Nov 12, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) waves to fans as he runs off the field after the victory over the Cincinnati Bengals against at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud has helped completely turn around the organization in just his rookie season. And a truly ridiculous stat has emerged about Stroud that puts him amongst some of the most elite quarterbacks in NFL history.

Halfway through the NFL season, Stroud is on pace to shatter the NFL rookie passing record held by former Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck.

It gets even more impressive than that, though. Not only is Stroud’s rookie season on pace to be the best of any rookie quarterback ever, it is also on pace to be one of the best seasons of any quarterback, period.

Stroud currently leads the NFL in passing yards per game and touchdown to interception ratio. Only three other quarterbacks in NFL history have led in these two categories through the first ten weeks of a season. Those quarterbacks are all no-doubt first-ballot Hall of Famers in Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Patrick Mahomes.

Simply put, there isn’t much better company for Stroud to be in at this point. And many fans believe that if Stroud continues his impressive play this season, he will one day be thought of as a generational player like the other three players on this list.


It’s even more impressive that Stroud is performing this well considering he doesn’t exactly have a truly elite receiving option on his team.

Young Texans receivers like Nico Collins and Tank Dell are certainly promising players. But before the start of the season, you would be hard-pressed to find many who considered them even top-25 wide receivers in the league.

Stroud and the Texans will look to keep their positive momentum rolling in Week 11, where they will face off against the Arizona Cardinals.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.