Week #3 Roundup – Texans Get A Rush

The Houston Texans have had a problem over the years, and it especially showed itself last year. They did not have a reliable running attack. It was the major item holding them back from making the playoffs for the first time in their short history.

But they may have found a running game Saturday night, in one of the highlights of week No. 3 of the 2010 NFL pre-season.

His name is Arian Foster (left) and he ran for 110 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, as the Texans dominated the Dallas Cowboys 23-7.

Since joining the NFL in 2002, the Texans have played eight seasons and only twice did a Houston running back finish the season with more than 1,000 yards. That was Domanick Davis, who ran for 1,031 yards in 2003 as a rookie and then 1,188 in his second season of 2004. The reign of Davis did not turn out well. He was on his way to another 1,000-yard season in 2005, but suffered a serious knee injury hat ended his season. The next year there was a dispute between Davis and the Texans on the stability of his knee, plus he changed his last name from Davis to Williams. He never played in the league again.

And the Texans have stumbled in the running game since. Foster was signed as an undrafted rookie last year out of Tennessee. He started on the practice squad, but ended up on the active roster and in the last two games of the ’09 season, he for 206 yards.  

“I felt comfortable last year, but when you’ve got a year under your belt, you get a little more used to the speed of the game,” Foster said. “I still go out there and play like every play is my last and like it’s my first, too.”

Foster averaged 6.1 yards on 18 carries against the Cowboys on Saturday and became the first Texan to go over 100 rushing yards in a pre-season game. The Texans finished with 173 yards on the ground against a good Dallas defense.

It was one of the best offensive performances in the league’s third week of pre-season games, where a lot of teams scored a lot of points. Of the 16 games, seven had teams that combined for 50 points or more, topped by the 83 points scored in the Green Bay-Indianapolis game.

There were a lot of top-notch individual performances over the third weekend as well.


  • 97 – New England WR Brandon Tate kickoff return for TD vs. St. Louis.
  • 91 – Carolina RB Mike Goodson kickoff return for TD vs. Tennessee.
  • 87 – New Orleans CB Leigh Torrence INT return for TD vs. San Diego.
  • 86 – Seattle Ss Earl Thomas INT return for TD vs. Minnesota.
  • 83 – San Francisco CB Phillip Adams punt return for TD vs. Oakland.
  • 80 – Tampa Bay LB Barrett Ruud INT return vs. Jacksonville.
  • 77 – Denver CB Andre Goodman INT return for TD vs. Pittsburgh.
  • 76 – New Orleans RB Chris Ivory TD pass from Patrick Ramsey vs. San Diego.
  • 76 – Carolina P Jason Baker punt vs. Tennessee.    
  • 75 – Green Bay WR Jason Cherry punt return for TD vs. Indianapolis.


  • Houston RB Arian Foster, 18 carries for 110 yards and a TD.
  • Pittsburgh RB Jonathan Dwyer, 13 carries for 89 yards and a TD.
  • N.Y. Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson, 11 carries for 86 yards with a 43-yard run.
  • Denver RB Lance Ball, 10 carries for 75 yards.
  • San Francisco RB Anthony Dixon, 21 carries for 69 yards and a TD.


  • New England QB Tom Brady, 18 of 22 for 273 yards, 3 TDs, a 158 passer rating.
  • Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer, 9 of 11 for 95 yards, 2 TDs, a 142.2 passer rating.
  • Arizona QB Matt Leinart, 9 of 10 for 84 yards, 1 TD, a 135 passer rating.
  • Chicago QB Dan Lefevour, 10 of 12 for 100 yards, 1 TD, a 129.2 passer rating.
  • St. Louis QB Sam Bradford, 15 of 22 for 189 yards, 2 TDs, a 125 passer rating.
  • Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, 21 of 29 for 195 yards, 3 TDs, a 124.9 passer rating.


  • Indianapolis WR Reggie Wayne, 7 catches for 96 yards and a TD.
  • Oakland WR Louis Murphy, 2 catches for 87 yards and a TD.
  • Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley, 6 catches for 85 yards and a TD.
  • Tampa Bay WR Mike Williams, 3 catches for 83 yards.
  • Cincinnati WR Quan Cosby, 4 catches for 82 yards.


  • New Orleans CB Leigh Torrence, 87-yard INT return for TD.
  • Seattle S Earl Thomas 86-yard INT return for TD.
  • Denver CB Andre Goodman, 77-yard INT return for TD.
  • Denver CB Syd’Quan Thompson 48-yard INT return for TD.
  • Cleveland CB Eric Wright 44-yard fumble return for TD.
  • Buffalo CB Reggie Corner 20-yard INT return for TD.
  • Detroit CB Chris Houston 14-yard fumble return for TD.
  • N.Y. Jets get safety when Washington QB Rex Grossman fumbles out of end zone.
  • Atlanta LB Curtis Lofton 11 tackles vs. Miami.
  • Chiefs LBs Andy Studebaker and Demorrio Williams, Buffalo DE Aaron Maybin, N.Y. Giants DT Rocky Bernard, Seattle DE Chris Clemons, Carolina DE Charles Johnson and Denver LB Robert Ayers, 2 sacks each.


  • New England WR Brandon Tate 97-yard kickoff return; three returns for a 54.7-yard average.
  • Carolina RB Mike Goodson 91 yard kickoff return for TD.
  • San Francisco CB Phillip Adams 83-yard punt return for TD.
  • Green Bay WR Jason Cherry 75-yard punt return for TD.
  • Denver CB Syd’Quan Thompson 62-yard punt return.
  • Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski 57-yard FG.

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