One Day Later: How C.J. Stroud and Bobby Slowik Authored the Battle Red Beatdown
What else stood out in the big home win against the Steelers
C.J. Stroud’s Grade
I am giving C.J. Stroud another A for his grade this week. The offense was humming and Stroud was again showcasing the poise and pass placement ability he is starting to become known for at quarterback. I also really liked how even as some of the rushes got home Stroud never got rattled in this game. He’s got star potential and we’re seeing more and more of it each week!
Stroud’s Significant Seven
Each week I take a look at the seven most significant plays from C.J. Stroud’s performance. Here are this week’s plays.
1st Quarter - 8:58 - 2nd and 2 on Pittsburgh 2 - C.J. Stroud pass complete to Nico Collins. Touchdown.
Bobby Slowik would probably never reveal if this was truly a run-pass option for C.J. Stroud but it certainly looked that way. Stroud watches the linebackers as they come a few steps forward while the ball appears to be in Dameon Pierce’s arms, then Stroud pulls it back and whips it to Nico Collins for the touchdown. If there was a decision to make, Stroud made the correct one because a rushing play was headed nowhere. This was a huge play after the Texans had almost scored twice but had one wiped away on review and one wiped away via penalty. Stroud and the offense didn’t stress and they ended up getting seven. Great play.
1st Quarter - 2:57 - 3rd and 3 on Pittsburgh 27 - C.J. Stroud pass complete to Robert Woods for a gain of five yards.