(Eds: With AP Photos.) By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer The Texans already knew they could depend on Arian Foster. Turns out they can rely on Ben Tate, too.
Houston (6-3) has won three in a row heading into Sunday's game at Tampa Bay (4-4) and is the only team with two running backs among the league's top 10. Foster, last year's leading rusher, ranks eighth with 656 yards and Tate is right behind him in ninth with 623.
''It just makes the team stronger,'' coach Gary Kubiak said. ''More guys contributing makes the team stronger, continues to push everybody to a new level and that's what we're trying to do right now.''
Foster and Tate have both run for more than 100 yards in two of the last three games. Foster has been getting slightly more carries each game, and averages 4.3 yards per rush. Tate is averaging 5.7 yards per carry, No. 1 in the league among backs with at least 100.
While Tate is content with the backup role for now, he's also keeping a constant eye on what Foster is...