Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/21/12
It was all about the Texans in Reliant Stadium on Sunday, as Houston dominated the banged up Baltimore Ravens in a 43-13 rout.
Only one week after losing their first game of the year, at the hands of Green Bay, the big question coming into this game was how the Texans would respond.
Houston’s Whitney Mercilus celebrates after getting to Raven’s QB Joe Flacco. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
The week leading up to this game was full of talk about how Houston may not have been the team everyone thought they were at the beginning of the year and that maybe they hadn’t reached elite status in the NFL.
The Texans may not have changed everyone’s minds this week, but they certainly made a strong case that they will not be fazed by bad games.
Baltimore’s defense came into this game down several starters and were not expected to be the usually dominant force, but even in light of that there can’t be many who predicted the Texans would put up 43 points— a franchise record for the most points in a single game.
But that wasn’t the biggest change in the Texans’ record books after Sunday. This victory was the first by the Houston Texans over Baltimore in history. It was the Ravens who eliminated the Texans from the playoffs only a season ago.
If these two teams were to meet up again, say in the playoffs, this game could factor in, in a big way with home field implications.
 
The Texans’ offense looked sharp once again after that meager performance last week. Matt Schaub was back to his usual ways completing 23-of-37 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Matt Schaub (8) looks to throw on Sunday vs. the Ravens. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Arian Foster ran for nearly 100 yards again, got into the end zone twice and looked explosive and elusive running the ball.
Despite these performances, however, it was the Houston defense that proved to be the game changer in this one.
Johnathan Joseph came up with a huge pick-six early in the second quarter, Glover Quin continues to look better each week, coming up with a momentum stopping interception, and a batted pass at the line of scrimmage.
Speaking of batted down passes, Joe Flacco only completed 21-of-43 passing attempts, averaging 2.8 yards per pass, which was due, in large part, to the outstanding play of the Texans’ defensive line.
J.J. Watt, Connor Barwin, and Whitney Mercilus combined to knock down 4 passes at the line, record three tackles for losses, two sacks and seven solo tackles.
The Ravens offense can definitely be spotty, but the play of the Texans’ defense forced them to have a bad game. Ray Rice was virtually a non-factor and the only player to get into the end zone for the purple and black was WR Tandon Doss who only caught one ball the whole day.
 
It’s safe to say that the Texans’ are not in any kind of slump or mentally suffering from their first loss of the season. They’ve definitely still got some things to improve upon, like pass defense in the secondary, and they’ll have to beat some better teams to prove that they can hang with the best.
Houston’s win over Baltimore is especially big going into the team’s bye week and will help them get ready for the Chicago Bears in two weeks.
 
Follow @jon_coffey
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman

WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker