Was there any doubt?
Some wondered if last weeks loss to the Packers was a sign of things to come for the Texans, but Sunday at home against the Ravens, the Texans bounced back.
In a big way.
They slammed Joe Flacco and a beat up Ravens defense, scoring 29 points in the first half, and rolling to a rather easy looking 43-13 win over a team many felt would represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and the Texans dominated the showdown. It was also the first time the Texans ever defeated the Ravens. Houston is now 6-1.
After the Ravens took a 3-0 lead on rookie kicker Justin Tucker’s 51-yarder on their first drive, the Texans scored the final 29 points of the first half to turn the game into a rout.
The barrage included Connor Barwin’s sack of Flacco in the end for a safety, Schaub’s 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Walter, a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Johnathan Joseph after Flacco’s pass was tipped by J.J. Watt, a 1-yard touchdown catch by Owen Daniels and two Shayne Graham field goals.
Schaub completed 23-of-37 passes for 256 yards, while Foster tallied 98 yards on the ground for Houston. Kevin Walter caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, Daniels hauled in seven balls for 59 yards and a score and Andre Johnson added 86 yards on nine receptions in the victory.
The Texans held Flacco to just 147 yards through the air with a touchdown and two interceptions on 21-of-43 efficiency for the Ravens (5-2), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Ray Rice ran for a mere 42 yards on just nine carries in defeat.
The Texans are on the bye next week, then are at home November 4th vs Buffalo.