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Stroud & Dell Rewrite Rookie Records: Houston's Dynamic Duo Poised for Historic Feats in Week 13


Stroud could also etch his name in history as the youngest player to record at least 300 passing yards in five consecutive games.Photo: @HoustonTexans
Stroud could also etch his name in history as the youngest player to record at least 300 passing yards in five consecutive games.Photo: @HoustonTexans

Houston's rookie quarterback, C.J. Stroud, continues to captivate the NFL with his stellar performances, currently ranking second in the league with an impressive 3,266 passing yards. This achievement stands as the second-highest ever recorded by a player in his first 11 career games.


In the upcoming clash against Denver on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS, Stroud has the opportunity to surpass Andrew Luck's mark of 3,596 passing yards, securing the second-most passing yards by a player in his first 12 career games in NFL history. Patrick Mahomes currently holds the top spot with 3,912 passing yards.


The leaderboard for the most passing yards in the first 12 career games in NFL history includes:

  1. Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) - 3,912 yards

  2. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis) - 3,596 yards

  3. Justin Herbert (L.A. Chargers) - 3,467 yards

  4. C.J. Stroud (Houston) - 3,266 yards* (*in first 11 games)

Stroud's remarkable streak continued last week with his fourth consecutive and sixth overall game of the season, recording at least 300 passing yards. Another 300-yard game would propel him past Andrew Luck for the second-most 300-yard games ever by a rookie, with only Justin Herbert having more.


At just 22 years and 61 days old on Sunday, Stroud could also etch his name in history as the youngest player to record at least 300 passing yards in five consecutive games, surpassing Patrick Mahomes' record set at 23 years and 27 days old in 2018.


Adding to the excitement is Stroud's connection with fellow rookie Tank Dell, a formidable wide receiver who currently shares the league lead among rookies with seven touchdown receptions and ranks second with 709 receiving yards. Dell's recent performances, recording at least five receptions, 50 receiving yards, and one touchdown reception in his past four games, have been instrumental to Houston's success.


A touchdown connection between Stroud and Dell in the upcoming game would mark them as the fourth rookie quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history to link up for at least eight touchdowns and the first since Cleveland's Tim Couch and Kevin Johnson achieved this feat in 1999.

C.J. Stroud, continues to captivate the NFL with his stellar performances. Photo: @HoustonTexans
C.J. Stroud, continues to captivate the NFL with his stellar performances. Photo: @HoustonTexans

The historical perspective highlights the rookie quarterback-receiver pairings with the most touchdowns in NFL history:

  1. Jim Plunkett (QB) - Randy Vataha (WR) for New England in 1971 (9 touchdowns)

  2. Charlie Conerly (QB) - Bill Swiacki (WR) for N.Y. Giants in 1948 (9 touchdowns)

  3. Tim Couch (QB) - Kevin Johnson (WR) for Cleveland in 1999 (8 touchdowns)

  4. C.J. Stroud (QB) - Tank Dell (WR) for Houston in 2023 (7 touchdowns)

  5. Andrew Luck (QB) - T.Y. Hilton (WR) for Indianapolis in 2012 (7 touchdowns)

  6. Tony Banks (QB) - Eddie Kennison (WR) for St. Louis Rams in 1996 (7 touchdowns)

Notably, Dell also has the chance to make history by becoming the first rookie ever to record at least five receptions, 50 receiving yards, and a touchdown reception in five consecutive games and the first rookie to achieve those marks in seven games overall.


The rookie with the most games featuring at least five receptions, 50 receiving yards, and a touchdown reception in NFL history are:

  1. Anquan Boldin (Arizona) in 2003 (6 games)

  2. Tank Dell (Houston Texans) in 2023 (6 games)

  3. Bill Groman (Houston Oilers) in 1960 (6 games)

  4. Michael Thomas (New Orleans) in 2016 (6 games)

As the Week 13 matchup unfolds, all eyes will be on Stroud and Dell as they aim to further solidify their places in the annals of NFL history with their groundbreaking rookie campaigns.









This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.


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