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Arian Foster earns respect of Urlacher, Bears’ defense

Arian Foster got the better of the Bears’ defense. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

It was rainy and windy and the Soldier Field turf was sloppy and muddy. No reason to do much more than run, run, run the football, right?

The Houston Texans did just that and it’s a measure of how good Arian Foster and offensive line are that they pounded the Chicago Bears, 13-6. Foster ran for 85 yards in the first half and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass that gave Houston a 10-3 lead. With the Bears jamming the box in the second half, Foster kept grinding and finished with 102 yards on 29 carries and the respect of the Bears’ defense.

“He’s a bad ass,” Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said (via “You watch him on tape, you watch him on TV, you can’t really get a grasp of how fast he is, how big he is. I had no idea.”

Texans Coach Gary Kubiak said that Foster, with about eight minutes left in the game, asked to keep carrying the ball. “They had nine or 10 guys in the box, and he said to just keep giving it to him,” Kubiak said (via the Houston Chronicle). “I know it wasn’t pretty, but he’s a special player. The catch he made on the touchdown in the weather is just absolutely exceptional.”

The Bears allowed a 100-rusher for only the second time in 20 games. Foster gained the admiration of his defensive opponents and fantasy football players with his persistent, methodical approach.

“He’s so patient,” Bears defensive end Corey Wootton said. “It’s not so much that he’s explosive. He waits on his blockers, makes good decisions and then really hits the hole he picks.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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