Texans are serious, and now the whole country knows it…
Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud commented after the tight victory against the Denver Broncos that it wouldn’t surprise him to see his receiver Tank Dell back playing in the Super Bowl.
That’s right, CJ dreams big, and he and this class of rookies have a mission they want to fulfill.
“We are the foundation of this team,” and “in case you didn’t know, this rookie class is very close-knit,” Stroud shared in a press conference after the 22-17 victory over Denver on Sunday at NRG Stadium.
That unity seems to be the special ingredient that has the Texans in the playoff race. The team’s performance from Sunday to Sunday is changing the narrative about the Texans, and hearing their quarterback speak with such confidence makes it clear that the Bulls are thinking big.
The team has shown a very different attitude from previous campaigns since the start of the season. Games like this against Denver were usually lost, but today the team finds a way to win them, thanks in large part to that young blood.
The hunger for victory is palpable, and it is much more evident when the Texans face adversity. The team bends but does not break, and when a play needs to be made, they find a way to make it.
Players like Will Anderson Jr. and Derek Stingley Jr. are increasingly emerging as figures, not only for the team but for the entire NFL.
Something very special is happening in Houston, and with the victory against Russell Wilson, the national audience could witness what DeMeco Ryans is building along with his coaching staff.
However, the victory was costly; Dell’s injury is a significant blow to the offense. The University of Houston rookie seemed poised to finish with historic numbers for a rookie, but if something has been consistent in this squad, it is that there is always someone willing to step up and take responsibility. On Sunday, for example, in the absence of the starting tight end, Dalton Schultz, Brevin Jordan appeared with timely catches.
It was a tough victory, but the Texans are serious, and now the entire NFL has been warned.