Texans running back Arian Foster did more in two and a half quarters than some running backs will do all year.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Foster was benched early in Sunday’s game against Oakland because Foster missed one meeting during the week and was late to another. Coach Gary Kubiak chided Foster’s professionalism at times last year as well.
Foster racked up 187 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns on 19 touches. The Texans dominated Oakland on the ground even before Foster came in. Derrick Ward (remember him?) chipped in with 12 carries and 80 yards. The Texans rushed for 249 yards overall.
Foster is the third running back in NFL history to total more than 500 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the first four games of the season. The other two: Emmitt Smith and Billy Sims.
Sunday’s win shows progress for Houston. It was a road game they should win and they did. Now they are in sole possession of first place in the AFC South at 3-1.