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C.J. STROUD SPEAKS WITH PETER KING AFTER HOUSTON’S IMPRESSIVE ROAD WIN TO LEAD WEEK 10 NFL HIGHLIGHTS IN THIS WEEK’S “FMIA” COLUMN

“That’s the thing about our team — I’m telling you, we don’t go into any game thinking we can’t win. I’m not made that way.”– Texans rookie QB C.J. Stroud after leading Houston to a win over Cincinnati

“The best chance to win must-games coming up is by energizing the team with a quarterback change. It’s time.” – King on the Jets’ QB situation after loss to the Raiders

“This was the first time Cleveland fans could watch their $230-million quarterback and say, Maybe he’s worth it.” – King on Cleveland QB Deshaun Watson after win over Baltimore

STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 13, 2023 – Peter King speaks with Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud after he led Houston to an impressive road victory over Cincinnati in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also discusses the Browns’ comeback victory over the Ravens, Kyler Murray’s return, and more.

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The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:

TEXANS

Texans rookie QB C.J. Stroud to King on what he said in the huddle before driving down the field for a game-winning field goal: “I just told them boys, ‘Let’s go win this game. We got everything we need in this huddle right here. Somebody make a play.’”

Stroud on the road win over the Bengals: “I loved the attention on us. Everybody’s watching to see if the Texans can come to a tough place and win…That’s the thing about our team — I’m telling you, we don’t go into any game thinking we can’t win, we won’t win. I’m not made that way.”

Stroud on his relationship with offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik: “He trusts me and I trust him. That’s one of the biggest relationships that needs to be built with a quarterback.”

Former NFL QB Chase Daniel on Stroud: “He’s not playing well for a rookie — he’s playing well for any quarterback.”

King on the race for the AFC South: “Who’d have thought the game of the year in this division would be Jags at Texans, Thanksgiving weekend, with more pressure on Jacksonville than Houston?”

BROWNS

King on Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s performance in the win over Baltimore: “This was the first time Cleveland fans could watch their $230-million quarterback and say, Maybe he’s worth it.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski on Watson: “He wins football games. He’s done it his entire life – that’s just who he is. I have the utmost confidence in him. Always did.”

Stefanski on Ravens S Kyle Hamilton’s pick-six in the first quarter: “That first pass play, you gotta tip your cap to Kyle Hamilton. He’s like Wemby [San Antonio Spurs player Victor Wembanyama] out there playing nickel. You gotta just say ‘All right, let’s go start this game over.’”

WEEK 10

King on Chargers WR Keenan Allen: “Keenan Allen is such a gifted player. His hands, his route-running, his durability. Watching him Sunday, I thought: ‘That’s a Hall of Famer.’”

King on the Jaguars after losing 34-3 to the 49ers: “There are times when Jacksonville looks like a real Super Bowl contender. But the Jags’ losses to Houston and San Francisco show this isn’t a premier defense. And (Trevor) Lawrence has to play better in games like this one, against strong defenses, to take his place in the top echelon of quarterbacks.”

King on the Jets’ QB situation after losing to the Raiders: “The best chance to win must-games coming up is by energizing the team with a quarterback change. It’s time.”

KING’S WEEK 10 AWARDS

Offensive Players of the Week: Deshaun Watson, Cleveland, CeeDee Lamb, Dallas, Kyler Murray, Arizona, & Josh Dobbs, Minnesota

King on Murray’s first game since December 2022, a win over Atlanta: “Cards are 2-8, and suddenly don’t look like such a lock to be able to draft Murray’s successor – if they ever were of a mind to do so.”

Defensive Players of the Week: Sheldon Rankins, Houston, & Robert Spillane, Las Vegas

King on Rankins’ performance in Houston’s win over Cincinnati: “Picked a big day to have the best game of his career, and the first three-sack day of his eight-year NFL life.”

Coach of the Week: Bobby Slowik, offensive coordinator, Houston

King on the rejuvenated Texans offense: “The Texans are seven points and 78 passing yards per game better than the woeful 2022 team, and they’re doing it with imaginative play design between a coordinator and quarterback both trying to be great as NFL rookies.”

Special Teams Player of the Week: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Carolina

Goat of the Week: Mac Jones, New England

King on Jones: “That wasn’t just a big interception Jones threw to cost the Patriots the game in Frankfurt Sunday. That might have been a career-wrecking interception.”

NEWS & NOTES

King on the future of the Chiefs’ offense: “(Travis) Kelce got four targets as Miami suffocated him in coverage last week. I won’t be surprised if he gets 10, minimum, next Monday against the Eagles. Patrick Mahomes doesn’t want to force it to anyone, but I believe he knows he can’t wait forever for the young receivers to blossom.”

King on the Cowboys as a potential landing spot for Bill Belichick: “The Cowboys could be in play only if they don’t win the division, have some sketchy outings down the stretch and go winless in the playoffs. In that case, I could see Jerry Jones chasing Belichick, repeating history from two decades ago.”

Titans kicker Nick Folk on the mentality he brings to football: “When I’m out there trying to make a kick, the reality is we’re just a big team and my job happens to be the guy kicking. I just try to do my job the same way the other 10 guys out there try to do their jobs.”

Read the full FMIA column here and catch the weekly Peter King Podcast here.

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A new “Football Morning in America” posts every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com through the NFL season. It was announced in May 2019 that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.

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