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The 2023 NFL Draft class was a heavy quarterback class. Three quarterbacks were selected in the top four picks. One of those quarterbacks was C.J. Stroud taken with the second overall pick.
Stroud has played the best out of all rookie quarterbacks this season as he has confident control of the offense. Not only has Stroud lived up to expectations, he has surpassed them by potentially fulfilling a Pro Bowl-caliber season. In eight games this season, Stroud has passed for 2,270 yards and 14 touchdowns.
He will have a chance to potentially add more to his offensive rookie of the year run this Sunday as the Texans go on the road to take on the Cincinnati Bengals. A win over the Bengals would make the Texans serious playoff contenders. The Bengals are ranked 22nd in the league in passing yards allowed per game (234.2). They have also given up 10 passing touchdowns this season, three more than the rushing game.
The San Francisco 49ers are on one of their toughest regular-season streaks in a long time. The loss of several star offensive players has resulted in the 49ers’ offense stalling significantly.
One player who is looking to help pick up production in the 49ers’ offense is running back Christian McCaffrey. He will, however, will look to provide more impact in the receiving game.
The 49ers are facing a Jacksonville Jaguars team that has certainly improved on the defensive side of the ball this season. San Francisco will need as much help from their best dynamic weapon to avoid a fourth potential consecutive loss.
McCaffrey has eight games this season where he is accounted for at least 30 yards in the receiving game.
Another rookie who is having a highly impactful season is Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson. He has been the most consistent player on the offensive side of the ball this season. As the quarterback's situation continues to transcend the team, the offense is set to rely on Robinson more in the rushing game, especially when the team goes on the road to take on the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals are ranked 26th in the league in rushing yards per game (128.7). It has not helped Arizona that they have traded some of their best defensive talent for more draft picks in the future.
Arizona is looking to salvage whatever they can from their season left. Atlanta is looking to win the NFC South and make it to the playoffs. To do so, they will need Robinson to play at his best.
Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.More info on Michael Hanich
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