Houston Texans RB Arian Foster continues great start to ’14 season


September 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs with the ball past Oakland Raiders defensive back Chimdi Chekwa (35) during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster showed his performance in Week 1 was no fluke by being even better in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders.

Foster is showing that after two weeks, he’s able to hold up pretty darn strong following his offseason back surgery, rushing the ball 28 times for 138 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders.

One of his 28 carries went for 40 yards against the Raiders.

In Week 1 against the Washington Redskins, Foster had 27 carries for 103 yards. That said, Foster now has 241 yards rushing on 55 carries, averaging 120.5 yards per game.

Per carry this season after two weeks, Foster’s numbers are 4.38 ypc.

Considering Foster missed eight games last season, plus all four preseason games, he is playing like he did a few years ago when he was quite possibly the best running back in the NFL.

At 28 years old, and this being his sixth NFL season, maybe we haven’t seen the best of Foster just yet.

This is the first time in Foster’s career he’s begun the season with consecutive games of over 100 yards rushing. In ’10, Foster had 100-plus yards of rushing in three of the first four games to start the season.

In those games, he had rushing totals of 231 yards, 69 yards, 106 yards and 133 yards. That season, he finished with 1,616 yards.

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The New York Giants are up next for the Texans in Week 3, as they gave up 91 yards rushing to Andre Ellington this Sunday in their 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The start of Foster’s season is very intriguing to me and probably most fans of the Texans.

After what we’ve seen, I still have that voice in the back of my head wondering if Foster will be able to hold up with the heavy workload of 25-plus carries per game with that back surgery.

Right now, all is good, and it is good to see Foster play like he did in the past when he was healthy. I hope he continues this remarkable start to his season, and so far so good for the six-year veteran. Now we can just look forward to next week.

Thoughts on Foster and his two 100-plus yard games?