The Houston Texans moved into second place in the AFC South with a stunning 39-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the back of CJ Stroud’s rookie record 470 passing yards.
But it wasn’t just Stroud’s yards that were impressive, trailing 37-33 with 46 seconds left, he led the Texans to an improbable 75-yard touchdown in 6 plays for the go ahead score. Stroud went 5/6 for 75 yards and the winning touchdown pass, his only incompletion was clocking the ball.
TEXANS WIN STUNNER
The Buccaneers thought they’d won the game on Baker Mayfield’s 14-yard pass to Cade Otton with 46 seconds left. It gave the Bucs the lead in what had been an epic back-and-forth game. Mayfield himself had a good game, completing 21/30 for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he was completely overshadowed by the Texans rookie.
Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans was full of praise for Stroud after the game saying, “It was a gutsy performance from him. It wasn’t all clean but he gutted it out. He was tough in the pocket. Made some plays, made some big-time throws for us.”
The Bucs will have to pick themselves up from this devastating loss somehow. “It’s a devastating loss, no doubt about it,” Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles said. “We’ve got to eat it. All of us feel the same way, especially me. I’ve been coaching a long time, I haven’t been involved in too many of these where it’s been back and forth like that and came down on the other end with a few things happening.”
|Passing 1st downs||10||22|
|Rushing 1st downs||8||2|
|1st downs from penalties||3||2|
|3rd down efficiency||3-13||3-11|
|4th down efficiency||2-2||1-1|
|Yards per Play||5.3||8.0|
|Yards per pass||7.8||9.8|
|Yards per rush||2.6||3.1|
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||4-5||3-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|