Yes, I realize Foster is facing the second-ranked Baltimore rushing defense and their fast linebacker corps.
Yes, I realize Foster only got 49 rushing yards in 15 carries in their regular-season matchup.
Yes, I realize the Texans will again be on the road at Baltimore, where they lost the aforementioned regular-season matchup.
And I still say Foster is in line for a big game and—if his team can pull off the upset—postseason.
In their regular season game, the Texans were without wideout Andre Johnson. The Ravens knew that the only offensive weapon they had to worry about was Arian Foster. So they focused on Foster and kept him in check.
This time, Andre Johnson will be playing. Sure, the quarterback throwing the ball to Johnson is rookie T.J. Yates instead of veteran Matt Schaub.
But Yates is a pretty solid rookie quarterback. He shows good poise and good foot movement, and the Texans are not afraid to take shots downfield with Yates.
Even in his postseason debut against a very good Cincinnati pass defense (ninth in the NFL), Yates did not show butterflies or rookie rattling. He was an efficient 11-for-20 for 159 yards. That's an average 14.5 yards per completion. He also threw a touchdown to Andre Johnson and did not throw any picks.
Having Johnson on the field will keep the Ravens defense honest and give Foster more room to run than in their regular-season tilt.
Baltimore's star RB Ray Rice will likely do well also. But expect Foster to surprisingly be the more impactful star in this one.