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Texans likely rethinking game plan after Foster's monster day

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By Michael Blunda

Arian Foster had generated plenty of hype leading up to Week One, but nobody could have seen this coming.

In a tremendously important game for the Texans Sunday against the Colts, Foster came out and took over the game, rushing for 231 yards and three TDs on 33 carries in a 34-24 victory. It was a day like no Texans back had ever accomplished, and it could be a sign that times are changing in Houston.

Previously a pass-first offense, QB Matt Schaub threw the ball just 17 times for 107 yards, one TD and one interception. And consensus No. 1 WR Andre Johnson had a mere three receptions for 33 yards. With Foster simply dominant on the ground, the Texans didn't need to air it out to beat Indy this time around.

While Houston won't be such a run-heavy attack every week, the presence of a big back who can grind out tough yards could lead head coach Gary Kubiak to run a more balanced offense that keeps opponents off guard. That's certainly not something that owners of Schaub and Johnson wanted to hear after Week One.

But the real story is Foster, who has a chance to finish as a top-10 fantasy RB as the Texans' featured runner. He has all the tools to be a star, and those who drafted him look like they'll be rewarded handsomely.


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