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Sports: C.J. Stroud had himself a day, and is home field advantage overrated?

Bleav in Astros podcast co-host Jeff Balke joins us to discuss the Texans’ big win and why baseball’s road warriors dominated this year’s playoffs.


Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud set a league record for rookies with 470 passing yards in the team’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 39-37 on Sunday.


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On Sunday, quarterback C.J. Stroud had himself quite a day, passing for five touchdowns — four of them in the second half and one with just seconds remaining in the game — as the Houston Texans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 39-37.

Stroud set a league record for rookies with 470 passing yards. And he did it without throwing an interception. And even still, he may have been overshadowed by backup running back Dar Ogunbowale, who was pressed into service as an emergency kicker when Ka’imi Fairbairn was injured in the first half.

In the audio above, we talk with Jeff Balke, co-host of the Bleav in Astros podcast, about the significance of the Texans’ victory and the remarkable performances from both Stroud and Ogunbowale.

Also: We discuss the Texas Rangers’ World Series win and how all the Houston Astros had to do to advance to this year's Fall Classic was win one of four games against the Rangers at home during the ALCS. (They couldn't do it).

The Rangers, meanwhile, went 11-0 on the road in this year's playoffs, including wins in all four of those games at Minute Maid Park. We contemplate whether this means home field advantage has become a disadvantage.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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