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What Week 11 performance means for CJ Stroud’s MVP odds

We take a look at CJ Stroud’s Week 11 game and how his MVP chances have improved or fallen.

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The Houston Texans held on to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 21-16 in Week 11 of the NFL season. That puts the Texans at 6-4 on the season, which is in the AFC Wild Card picture as things stand. Rookie QB CJ Stroud has led the way with some outstanding performances, which have been enough for him to shoot up the board for MVP odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.

After his Week 11 performance, Stroud has the fifth-best odds to win the NFL MVP at DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s behind the “main four” contenders, who are Jalen Hurts at +280 odds and Patrick Mahomes (+280 also) as the frontrunners while Lamar Jackson (+330), and Tua Tagovailoa (+500) are the challengers.

Stroud represents a wave behind that with +1800 odds to win the award. However, the Houston signal-caller has heavy -2500 odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, signaling that he has that hardware all but wrapped up.

In the Week 11 win over Arizona, Stroud threw for 336 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. He still ranks first in the NFL while averaging 296.2 passing yards per game, so the 336 yards he picked up in this matchup helps his quest for the passing title.

However, those three interceptions are atypical for the rookie, who threw just two INTs across nine games prior to this outing. Stroud now has 17 touchdowns on the season against five interceptions.

Jackson looked very good in the Ravens win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football this week, throwing for 264 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He also added 54 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa potentially helped his MVP case in a win over the Las Vegas Raiders, as the Dolphins QB threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns with a pick.

The Monday Night Football matchup in Week 11 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles could determine which quarterback becomes the NFL MVP frontrunner between Mahomes and Hurts.