When the Houston Texans are at their best they run and they rush the passer.
They were excellent in both departments in their division-clinching win over the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium Sunday.
Arian Foster rushed for a season-high 165 yards against the Colts, including 115 yards before contact according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Foster had three rushes of at least 20 yards, including two rushes of at least 25 yards late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Entering the game, Foster had averaged 58.8 yards before contact per game with five rushes of 20-plus yards in 13 games.
“I think it was primed to happen like that throughout the game,” Foster said. “If you look at how the game goes you are going to get 4, 3, 3, 6, 2, -2 and then you pop one that is the nature of football. We knew it was going to happen, we just had to stay patient. Really we have been waiting a couple of games to get it going, but every time we are playing with a lead and we are patient as an offense, we feel like we can dominate on the ground and we go as our line goes. They had a tremendous day today.”
The Texans sent at least five pass rushers after Andrew Luck on 59.9 percent of his dropbacks.
Luck handled the pressure on first and second down (seven-of-11 with a touchdown), but failed to complete a pass in five attempts on third down.
J.J. Watt finished with three sacks and had six plays overall tackling a Colt for a loss. That’s 10.5 percent of Indianapolis’ total plays from scrimmage.