C.J. Stroud wasn’t just the best rookie in the AFC for November, he was the best offensive player in the entire conference.
On Thursday, the former Ohio State quarterback was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month after leading the conference with 1,466 passing yards and 10 passing touchdowns in four November games.
Stroud is the first former Ohio State quarterback ever to win an NFL Player of the Month award and just the second rookie quarterback ever to win a Player of the Month award, joining Deshaun Watson, who also won his award while playing for the Houston Texans.
The overwhelming favorite to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, Stroud also won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors for the second time this season, having also won the award in September. The recognition comes after he passed for more than 300 yards in all four of the Texans’ November games, becoming the first rookie quarterback ever to throw for 300 yards in four straight games.
Stroud is the third Buckeye to win two NFL Rookie of the Month awards in one year, joining former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore and defensive end Joey Bosa.
Eleven games into his rookie season, Stroud has thrown for 3,266 yards – already the most ever in an NFL season by a former Ohio State quarterback – and 19 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He’s led the Texans, who went just 3-13-1 in 2022, into contention for a playoff berth with a 6-5 start to the season. Stroud led the Texans to victories in each of their first three games of November – leading game-winning drives in the final two minutes of regulation in each of the first two – before they suffered a 24-21 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars this past weekend.