Houston Texans Are Underdogs No More: Arian Foster Leads Charge Against Colts

Mike Pendleton@MP2310Correspondent ISeptember 12, 2010

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs for a touchdown in the NFL season opener against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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One and 15.

That was the Houston Texans' record when facing the Indianapolis Colts coming into the team's season-opener Sunday in Houston.

With the Texans missing their top defensive back to free agency and their rookie running back to a broken leg, it seemed like the Colts would coast to victory.

Unless you're a fantasy football owner or a Houston Texans fan, your eyes were all on the Colts Sunday. The reason fantasy football owners were watching Houston was not for the duo of quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson, but for "some guy," running back Arian Foster.

Who is Arian Foster? Well, after today's game—a 34-24 Texans victory—he is the Houston Texans' franchise leader for rushing yards in a game, 231.


Sorry, Peyton Manning, Foster completely stole the show from not only you, but your whole team today.

Last season filling in for Steve Slaton, Foster had two games that showed promise at the end of the year. Week 16 at Miami, Foster, as a rookie had 97 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. That game showed that if things didn't work with Slaton in 2010, Foster could be the guy.

Funny you should mention. 

During last year's week 17 vs. New England, Foster exploded for 119 yards and two touchdowns, this time on only one more carry, 20. While New England may have not played their starters the whole game to rest up for the playoffs, Foster proved more then he could just "be the guy."

Sunday vs. Indianapolis, the Texans came in with that 1-15 record, but Foster made sure the team would no longer be taking a beating. This time he delivered the beating.

As Kevin Garnett said when he won his first NBA Championship, "I just knocked the bully out." Foster did more then just knock out the Colts; he killed them.

Without a doubt, when Peyton Manning throws for 433 yards and three touchdowns, it's hard to steal the spotlight. Yet Foster, the prototypical under-the-radar underdog, led the Texans at home to knock out the bully and then some. 

Carrying the ball 33 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns, Foster took attention off Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, and Peyton Manning. Show-stopper—that is exactly the role Foster played. The Texans got a huge win at home against the Colts, 34-24, and now everyone is watching Houston, not Indianapolis.

They say change is sometimes good, and for Houston, the change to make Foster the starting running back was great. He was the biggest riser on fantasy football draft boards since Ben Tate went out with a broken leg, and today he showed the fantasy owners that passed him up that they were wrong.

"Arian who?" will no longer be asked, but the question now becomes who will stop him. How does an opponent now game plan its defense against Houston's pass and (now very efficient) run attacks?

Foster is now a name to remember, as he stole the show today. Sorry, Peyton.