The Baltimore Ravens apparently don't need an emotional lift from Ray Lewis or the services of running back Ray Rice to win a big game.
All it took to beat the Houston Texans was a couple of momentum-turning plays and a strong performance by the defense.
Daryl Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards for a score and Baltimore's improving defense held the high-powered Texans without a touchdown in a 30-9 rout Sunday.
The Ravens inducted the retired Lewis into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime. Before the game, Lewis was the first player out during introductions. But the former linebacker, who retired after Baltimore won the Super Bowl in February, declined to do his trademark dance.
''I walked out there with a totally different perspective, because every other time I always walked out there for a battle,'' Lewis said. ''But this time, I walked out there as a man, a complete man. It feels good, it feels good to know I ran my race...