HOUSTON -- By necessity last night the Houston Texans running game took a back seat to the passing as the team dug itself out of a three-touchdown hole.
Texans starting running back Arian Foster got eight of his 18 carries in the second half and had six passes thrown his way, four of which he caught. Foster showed signs of having missed the entire preseason. It wouldn't be unreasonable to think he could take a few weeks to regain his usual form. He averaged 3.2 yards per carry, while Ben Tate who had a great preseason averaged 6.1 yards per carry.
Tate played well, and there came a point in the game when Foster appeared to think he was going in, only to have Tate stay in the game. ESPN's television cameras caught Foster seeming perturbed as he remained on the sideline for a play in the fourth quarter.
Asked about that incident today, Kubiak indicated he would have liked to play Tate more. Tate had half as many carries as Foster (but only two fewer yards).
"I wish it would have come out a little more closer to even," Kubiak said. "I think I said that after the game. Obviously, it was Arian’s first time out this year. He didn’t play any in the preseason. I think Ben’s had an excellent preseason. I want to keep it somewhat close right now and watch them working to what’s going on."
And as for the apparent tug of war for playing time?
"They’re competitors," Kubiak said. "They both want to be on the field. I understand that. I think that’s a good thing for the team."