NFL Week 9 Game Recap: Houston Texans 39, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37

2T5J173 Houston Texans wide receiver Tank Dell (3) collects a touchdown catch in front of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis III (24) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In an absolute thriller that came down to the very end, the Houston Texans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 39-37 in Week 9.

Offensive spotlight: Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud was outstanding in this game, throwing for a career-high 470 passing yards and five touchdowns. This was one of the more impressive ones:

Stroud ended the game 30-for-42, with his 470 passing yards breaking the rookie single-game passing yards record. 

Defensive Spotlight: Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David wasn’t perfect on the day, as he missed a few tackles, but he led the team in total tackles with 11,  adding two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. 

Rookie spotlight: Texans rookie pass-rusher Will Anderson Jr. got the second sack of his NFL career in this game. He finished the contest with three total tackles, that sack and a quarterback hit.

Box Score

Passing
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Baker Mayfield 19.0 21 / 30 265 8.8 2 0 2 119.4
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
C.J. Stroud 44.8 30 / 42 470 11.2 5 0 3 147.8
Rushing
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Rachaad White 27.9 20 73 3.6 2 16 0
Baker Mayfield 19.0 4 4 1.0 0 5 0
Ke'Shawn Vaughn 1.8 4 9 2.2 0 4 0
Chase Edmonds 0.4 3 -5 -1.7 0 2 0
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Tank Dell 32.6 2 2 1.0 0 2 0
Devin Singletary 4.6 13 26 2.0 0 9 0
Xavier Hutchinson 1.2 1 12 12.0 0 12 0
Mike Boone 0.3 1 3 3.0 0 3 0
Receiving
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
Rachaad White 27.9 4 4 46 11.5 11.5 0
Cade Otton 24.0 9 6 70 7.8 11.7 2
Mike Evans 12.7 5 4 87 17.4 21.8 0
Trey Palmer 8.1 4 3 51 12.8 17.0 0
Chris Godwin 3.6 6 2 16 2.7 8.0 0
Ke'Shawn Vaughn 1.8 1 1 -1 -1.0 -1.0 0
Chase Edmonds 0.4 1 1 -1 -1.0 -1.0 0
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD
Tank Dell 32.6 11 6 114 10.4 19.0 2
Dalton Schultz 31.0 11 10 130 11.8 13.0 1
Noah Brown 30.3 6 6 153 25.5 25.5 1
Nico Collins 14.4 5 3 54 10.8 18.0 1
Devin Singletary 4.6 2 2 0 0.0 0.0 0
Andrew Beck 2.5 2 2 5 2.5 2.5 0
John Metchie III 2.4 1 1 14 14.0 14.0 0
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