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Foster and Johnson lead AFC in rushing and receiving to give Houston Texans balanced attack

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    Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) runs into the end zone for a touchdown after catching a pass against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

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    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes for a touchdown as Indianapolis Colts free safety Antoine Bethea (41) pursues in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)The Associated Press

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    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) rushes for a gain as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis, right, defends in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

Houston offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is thankful every day to be working for the Texans.

He's in charge of a unit that has both the AFC's leading receiver and leading rusher in Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. Johnson has 1,360 yards receiving. Foster has 1,313 yards rushing.

Johnson believes Houston's success in the passing game comes from its dominant running game. He says running the ball well, "just opens up everything else."

Foster and Johnson give the Texans a balanced attack they believe will be critical as they move closer to the playoffs. A win on Sunday against the Vikings will give the AFC South champion Texans (12-2) both a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

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