NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's a pleasure for a lineman to watch the running back he's blocking for take off for dozens of yards.
"When you are huffing and puffing and stringing these runs together and then, all of a sudden, he breaks out a 40-yard run or whatever it may be, it makes you feel real good as an offensive line," Texans' center Chris Myers said. "He gives you that cut up the sideline, too."
When he's healthy, this is what Arian Foster can do. Foster gained 151 yards on 20 carries, averaging an impressive 7.6 yards per carry, and rushed for two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. His vision helps make the most of his physical talents, and that was on display in a big way on Sunday.
"That's his best asset," left tackle Duane Brown said. "He's quick, he's elusive, he's a hard runner, he's hard to bring down, but I think his vision is second to none in this league. That's crucial if you're blocking in a zone scheme, any scheme you're blocking in. Being able to find those lanes, it's everything. Defenses hate it and I love it."
Said Foster: "We did a good job of sustaining blocks and staying up there. I think as the season progresses, we are getting more and more consistent. … We are a little inconsistent, but there are sparks of being a very good offense, and that is what we are working toward."
It was Foster's 34-yard touchdown run that helped break what seemed like a stalemate early in the game. He looked left at first, then changed direction and bounced outside to the right sideline, running with Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard chasing him. He leaped and reached for the final few yards, scoring the game's first touchdown.
"He made a great cut on that, and he was able to make one extra cut and really get the ball north and south," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "He has a really good ability to get the ball north and south after his first cut."
Sunday's game was the third three-touchdown game of Foster's career. This was the fourth consecutive game in which Foster rushed for 100 yards or more and also the fourth consecutive game in which he had at least one run of 30 yards or longer. On Sunday, he had two.
In the third quarter, Foster propelled the longest drive of the Texans' season (98 yards) with a 43-yard run that set up his third touchdown.
It all amounted to a very frustrating day for a Titans defense which has allowed plenty of rushing yards, 123.7 per game on average (Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 167 yards against them). And the Texans could sense the Titans' frustrations.
"Very frustrated," Brown said. "They had a great game plan of trying to recognize what we were trying to do in our run game and filling those lanes, but [Foster] was still finding ways to break open to that second level. We kept the tempo up. They were getting tired, getting frustrated. It's a great feeling."