How Houston Texans can let CJ Stroud cook without getting burned


CJ Stroud and the Houston Texans passing game has been a pleasant surprise after 5 weeks into the 2023 season. Stroud is currently third in the NFL in passing yards, and looks impressive on a weekly basis.

However, the running game has been a constant issue this season, with the team unable to move the ball efficiently on the ground. Considering the team's success with the passing game, should the team abandon their self-proclaimed run-first mentality and let Stroud “cook” through the air?

Also, with so much money spent on the offensive line, why can't the Texans run the ball with any success? Do we need to be patient, and let the linemen returning from injury develop chemistry? Are the running backs capitalizing on the blocking in front of them?

Head coach DeMeco Ryans said at his Monday presser that he thinks the o-line did a great job of run blocking against Atlanta. But it didn't look like there was much room to run, and several running plays were blown up in the backfield, even when running sweep plays to Tank Dell.

So how should the Texans proceed?

Be sure to watch the video above as we break it all down!

If you enjoy the videos, subscribe to our SportsMap Texans YouTube channel, so you don't miss our latest content.

Presented by Coors Light.

Most Popular

Critical opportunities Houston Texans must seize versus Broncos to resume playoff march

The Houston Texans will look to get back on track this week against the Broncos, who are suddenly back in playoff contention after ripping off five straight wins.

Too bad Houston didn't get to play the Broncos earlier in the season.

The Texans host Russel Wilson and company this Sunday at NRG and are currently 3.5 point favorites. Vegas is expecting a lot of points as they set the total at 47, the second-highest of the week.

After two straight games with over 100 yards rushing, Devin Singletary and the Texans rushing game came crashing back down to Earth with 32 rushing yards combined between Singletary and Dameon Pierce.

Things could change this Sunday, with the Broncos allowing the most rushing yards per game (155.18). To be fair, many of the Broncos stats are skewed with their terrible start to the season, and a game in which they allowed a whopping 70 points to the Dolphins.

During Denver's winning streak, they held the Chiefs and Bills to 9 and 22 points, respectively. But the one edge the Texans have over almost every team in the NFL is quarterback play.

The Texans and CJ Stroud are 1st in passing yards per game (297.6) and 4th in total yards per game (396.4).

So who will come out ahead in this critical matchup?

Check out the video above for a full early breakdown of the game, plus predictions. And go Texans!

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

ESPN Houston 97.5 FM