There’s no doubt that Houston Texans‘ fans are getting a little fed up with Arian Foster and his nagging injuries. Foster has now been ruled out for the second straight week with a bad back, so the Texans will again turn to Ben Tate to fill the void.
Tate had a solid game in week nine, rushing for 81 yards on 22 carries, but the Texans are in need of much more in week 10. Houston will travel West to take on the Arizona Cardinals, who sport the league’s fourth best rush defense (88.2 yards per game). A big game will be no easy task for Tate, but Case Keenum will need all the help he can get.
This Texans team is nearly down and out in 2013. At 2-6, their season isn’t over, but one more loss will most certainly doom them. With a divisional title out of reach, the Texans are basically hoping to land a Wild Card spot at this point. The problem is that one of the WC spots is almost guaranteed to go to a team in the AFC West. That leaves Houston in the mix with about six other teams for one spot.
If Tate can have his best game of the season, it would do wonders for the Houston offense. To this point, the RB has been splitting time for most of the year while battling injuries of his own. He’s yet to break the century mark in 2013, but Sunday in Arizona would be the perfect time to get it done for the first time.