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Texans’ Foster Smokes Tires to 2011 Rushing Title in 34-17 Win Over Jaguars

The Houston Texans were definitely the favored team heading into Sunday’s game at Reliant Stadium.  Although the Jacksonville  Jaguars were playing for the playoffs and the Texans only had pride to play for, Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans put the pedal to the medal on the injured Jaguars and took off for the 34-17 win.  The player who paved the road for the win was the 2011 league leading rusher, Arian Foster.  Foster, who started the game under Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles in the title race, finished the day with 180 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Coming into today’s game Gary Kubiak told the press it was “very important” to have Foster earn the rushing title.  The undrafted free agent running back was the NFL’s biggest surprise of the year, booming 231 yards in the week 1 win over the Colts.  However’s today’s rushing statistics were no surprise.  Foster’s bursted out of the gates for the Texans with a 56-yard run on the Texans fourth play and first rush.  He continued to tote the rock all day, thirty times for 180 yards and two touchdowns.  The Texans’ other offensive playmakers added to the mix as well.  Jacoby Jones, Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter all finished with over 50 yards receiving.  Schaub finished the day with 253 passing yards and one touchdown.

The Jacksonville Jaguars played today’s game without their playmakers, quarterback David Garrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew.  Garrard on the injured reserve, and Jones-Drew recovering from a knee scope.  The Jags relied on quarterback Trent Edwards and running back Rashad Jennings.  Edwards put up predictable, pedestrian numbers while Jenning’s 108 yard, one touchdown day went unnoticed in the wake of the Jaguars’ fallen playoff hopes.  Although tight end Mercedes Lewis registered a touchdown, and the Jaguars were able to move the ball on the ground well with third backup Deji Karim, their efforts were eventually nullified with a strong Texans showing.

Although the Texans won today’s game, it will be remembered as a game that should have been won and eventually pulled the Texans out of a potential top-5 draft pick.  Now the Texans sit 6-10 along with a bulk of other NFL teams looking at a 10-16 draft pick, maybe worse.  Jacksonville’s heading to the offseason with their playmakers on the mend.  While both players should be recovered by next season, will the Jags draft a quarterback and possibly replace head coach Jack Del Rio?  The questions’ answers are months away, or a year if the NFL holds out in 2011.  But for now we know that the Texans offense under Gary Kubiak is very well capable of another 490+yard game.  Will Houston have more Kubiak-lead games next season?  Time will tell.

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