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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence, — Remarkably, rookie QB C.J. Stroud of Houston is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 900 yards, four passing touchdowns, and have zero interceptions in their first three starts. He also has the most attempts of any NFL quarterback without an interception this season.

Through three games, Stroud has completed 73 of 103 passes (70.9 percent) for 877 yards and all four of his touchdowns while inside the pocket. Outside the pocket, where he was often dangerous as a playmaker in college, Stroud has only completed five of 18 throws (27.8 percent) for 29 yards on 1.6 yards per attempt.

Amazingly, he has accomplished all of this while playing behind an unsettled and injury-riddled offensive line that is allowing the third-highest pressure rate in the league.

He leads the league with a 77.8 percent completion percentage (14 of 18) against man coverage while tossing 222 yards and two touchdowns, per TruMedia. The league average completion percentage against man coverage is 58.5 percent.

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