Houston Texans rookie C.J. Stroud will face Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow in one of the weekend’s most anticipated quarterback clashes. Burrow, although just being in his fourth year in the league, is the seasoned veteran in this clash.
The Bengals quarterback has established himself as one of the greatest in the NFL, with his calm temperament and accurate performance leading the team to two consecutive AFC Championship Games. He’s also on a run, with at least two touchdown passes in each of his previous four games.
On the other hand, the Texans have a rising star at the position in Stroud, who just set a rookie single-game passing yardage record against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary with 470 yards and five touchdowns.
With 2,270 yards, 14 touchdowns, and only one interception, he’s not just the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, but also the next great NFL quarterback.
For the time being, Stroud is looking up to his contemporaries, such as Burrow.
“Joe [Burrow] is someone that I respect a lot,” Stroud said. “So, [he’s] somebody that I look up to and really, really happy that he’s getting it rolling. He’s having a great season so far – definitely think he’s an MVP in this league. He’s a top-five player every year – just showing that ever since his second year – really had a really good rookie year as well, but sadly got hurt. A lot of things to learn from that guy,”
“He’s a hell of a leader and a really good person – somebody that only isn’t looking out for himself. He shot me a text over the year congratulating me on some of the success and things like that, gave me some advice and things like that. Shoutout to Joe, man. I’m excited to lineup against him and compete against those guys.”