HOUSTON This game was supposed to decide who was the best team in the AFC.
It was decisive, all right.
The Houston Texans (6-1) now stand alone atop the conference, having crushed the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) 43-13 Sunday at Reliant Stadium. Houston controlled all but the first few minutes, doubling up the Ravens in yards (420-176) and first downs (27-12) and holding the ball for 38 out of 60 minutes. The 43 points were a franchise record.
The Texans were so good Sunday that coach Gary Kubiak had a hard time identifying any miscues.
"I'm sure I'll find something," he said. "It's what I do for a living."
The beatdown was so thorough, actually, that it was hard to fully trust the outcome. Are the Texans really 30 points better than the Ravens? Probably not. Not the Ravens as we know them anyway.
But these, of course, are not the Ravens as we know them. Middle linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb are both out for the season, and Terrell Suggs...