Chiefs vs. Texans: Fast Start Critical Once Again

OAKLAND CA - OCTOBER 3: Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores a touchdown in front of linebacker Rolando McClain #55 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game October 3 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland California. The Texans won the game 31-24. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

We've been hearing all season that it's critical for the Kansas City Chiefs to get off to a fast start against their opponent. This week is no different against the Houston Texans.

For the Chiefs, it's about taking away the Texans running game and making them one dimensional.

Talking with Battle Red Blog this week, they told me that they're hoping RB Arian Foster is involved early and often on Sunday so that they can avoid a situation like the 10-point output against the New York Giants last week.

Based on the history of the squad under Gary Kubiak, I have to think the Texans won't make a habit of struggling on offense. That said, they looked horrendous against the Giants last week, and not much better against the Cowboys in Week 3.  For reasons unknown to me, the Texans only gave Arian Foster four (4) carries on their first four possessions last week.  Granted, they got down big early, but the complete lack of balance was troubling.  I'm hoping we see a steady dose of Foster early on Sunday so Matt Schaub can resume the play-action success he's had in the past.

Only getting Foster four carries in the first four possessions is a good goal for the Chiefs. That means the Texans have turned one dimensional and I think this Chiefs team has shown that they're dangerous when they can do that.

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