These critical adjustments led to Houston Texans offensive explosion, dramatic comeback win


The Houston Texans took a major step forward as a franchise on Sunday when rookie quarterback CJ Stroud led a game-winning touchdown drive against the Buccaneers with 46 seconds left on the clock.

Stroud and the Texans secured the win pushing their record to 4-4 on the season. In the process CJ Stroud broke so many records that we can't possibly cover them all here, but Adam Schefter listed several in a post on X.

It's a new day for the Texans and their fan base. Games like this typically end in heartbreak for Houston fans, but not this time! And the future looks bright for the Texans as they have their franchise QB, and a terrific head coach in DeMeco Ryans.

The timing couldn't have been better, too, with it appearing that Stroud looks like the best QB in the draft class. While the Texans did lose to the Panthers last week, Stroud bounced back in a big way against the Bucs.

CJ said all week leading up to the game against Tampa Bay that the offense needed to be more aggressive. It's safe to say Stroud backed up his comments with a historic performance.

And on that same day Bryce Young threw 3 total interceptions, 2 were returned for touchdowns, while losing to the Colts and slipping to 1-7 on the season.

It's also an interesting coincidence that the Cowboys needed a touchdown with 46 seconds left in the game against the Eagles and weren't able to close the deal.

Plus, Stroud was so impressive this week, former players like Richard Sherman and Robert Griffin III are labeling Stroud as a Top 10 QB in the NFL.

Stroud is also an overwhelming favorite now to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at -500 after his incredible performance on Sunday.

So how good can this Texans offense be?

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

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The Astros are signing catcher Victor Caratini. Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images.

The Houston Astros and catcher Victor Caratini agreed Tuesday to a $12 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Caratini can earn additional performance bonuses.

The 30-year-old Caratini spent the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and hit .259 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 62 games this year as a backup to William Contreras.

Caratini is a .236 career hitter with 38 homers and 171 RBIs in seven major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2017-20), San Diego (2021) and Milwaukee (2022-23).

Yainer Díaz is expected to the Astros' starting catcher next year, and the agreement with Caratini could mean Houston won't re-sign Martín Maldonado. The 37-year-old has been with the Astros since 2019.

“I’ve been talking to Yainer once a week,” new manager Joe Espada said Monday. “We’re going to do some things in January leading into spring training to prep him for spring training. I don’t want us to get to spring training and start from scratch. So this is going to be starting right now having conversations about our staff, how to attack certain lineups, things that we know that we can help him with, receiving, throwing.”

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