Final

Ravens 13

(5-2, 1-2 away)

Texans 43

(6-1, 3-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2012

Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 3 0 7 313
HOU 9 20 7 743

Top Performers

Passing: M. Schaub (HOU) - 256 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 19 CAR, 98 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Johnson (HOU) - 9 REC, 86 YDS

Matt Schaub, Arian Foster help Texans rout Ravens

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans look like the new bullies in the AFC -- at least for now.

Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and the Texans dominated a showdown of the conference's top two teams, routing the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 on Sunday.

Johnathan Joseph returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown and the Texans (6-1) finally beat Baltimore, who'd won all six previous meetings and eliminated them from last year's playoffs.

Houston heads into its open date with a much better outlook after getting embarrassed by Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay last week. Schaub completed 23 of 37 passes for 256 yards and the Texans set a franchise record for points in a game and finished with 420 yards.

"We were really into what we were doing," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said, "and we were there all day long, so it was a good team effort."

The Ravens (5-2), meanwhile, missed star linebacker Ray Lewis, who was placed on injured reserve this week with a torn triceps. Terrell Suggs, last year's defensive player of the year, saw his first action since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon last May. Suggs sacked Schaub in the first quarter and finished with three solo tackles.

Otherwise, Baltimore's defense seemed overmatched without Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb, who were placed on injured reserve this week. Safety Ed Reed, who acknowledged this week that he's been playing with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, left in the fourth quarter with a chest injury. Reed said he felt fine after the game.

The Ravens gave up their most points since a 44-20 loss to Indianapolis in 2007.

"It's not the end of the world," Suggs said, "but it's not something we're going to take lightly, either."

Baltimore's offense didn't look any better.

Flacco was off-target and under pressure most of the game, Ray Rice was held to 42 yards rushing and no Baltimore receiver had a reception longer than 15 yards. Baltimore came into the game with a league-high 34 offensive plays covering at least 20 yards.

"We can still play great defense," Kubiak said, "and expect to do that the rest of the year."

The Ravens led 3-0, then started unraveling after Donnie Jones' punt pinned them at their own 3-yard line late in the first quarter. Connor Barwin charged in from Flacco's blind side and tackled him in the end zone for a safety and his first sack of the year.
Terrell Suggs

AP Photo/Patric Schneider

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs finished with a sack and three tackles in his first game this season after tearing his Achilles in the offseason.

"They played well. We didn't," Flacco said. "They played fast and we just weren't able to stand up to it today and give it a good fight."

The play seemed to ignite Houston's offense and Schaub, who needed about three series to find the weak spots in Baltimore's injury-ravaged defense. He found Johnson for a 12-yard gain, then connected with Kevin Walter for a 25-yard touchdown and a 9-3 lead.

J.J. Watt really got Houston rolling when he swatted a Flacco pass, his ninth defensed pass of the season. Joseph caught it and sprinted to the end zone, showing no ill effects from the groin injury that forced him to miss practice time last week.

The Texans moved in big chunks on their next offensive series, as the Ravens' defense steadily deteriorated. Tight end Garrett Graham made an acrobatic 20-yard catch, Foster weaved 14 yards to the Baltimore 1 and tight end Owen Daniels made a diving catch in the end zone for a 22-3 lead.

By then, the Ravens were losing their cool. Safety Christian Thompson took a swing at Houston's Justin Forsett and was called for a personal foul, and Flacco threw incomplete on his next three throws.

Shayne Graham tacked on field goals of 33 and 29 yards to put Houston up 29-3, its largest halftime lead of the season.

Schaub completed 19 of 32 passes -- 12 in a row in one stretch -- in the first half. Flacco, meanwhile, went 7 for 20 and was sacked twice to go along with two interceptions.

Baltimore got help from a pass interference call on Joseph early in the third quarter, and Flacco found Tanden Doss for a 15-yard touchdown.

Houston turned its next series over to its workhorse running back to seep time off the clock. Foster carried seven times for 18 yards on the 7 1/2-minute drive and plowed into the end zone with 2:56 left in the third quarter. He came into the game leading the NFL in carries (149).

Game notes


Texans WR Andre Johnson finished with a season-high nine catches for 86 yards. He set a franchise record by appearing in his 129th career game for the team. ... Watt was held to no sacks for the first time this season. ... The announced attendance was 71,708, the largest regular-season crowd in Texans' history. ... Baltimore rookie RT Kelechi Osemele was carted off the field in the second quarter with a brace on his right leg. The team said X-rays on his ankle came back negative and he returned to the game in the second half. ... Tucker has four field goals of at least 50 yards this season, a Ravens record.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAL
HOU
1st Downs1227
Passing 1st downs
613
Rushing 1st downs
411
1st downs from Penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
4-158-15
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5976
Total Yards176420
Yards per play3.05.5
Total Drives1213
Passing121239
Comp - Att
21-4323-37
Yards per pass
2.86.5
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks - Yards Lost
4-262-17
Rushing55181
Rushing Attempts
1237
Yards per rush
4.64.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-23-5
Penalties5-565-60
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession21:4438:16

Passing Leaders

BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco21/431473.4124-26
HOUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Schaub23/372566.9202-17

Rushing Leaders

BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice9424.7017
Flacco273.505
HOUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster19985.2216
Tate10474.7010

Receiving Leaders

BALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Smith44110.301513
Pitta5336.6098
HOURECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson9869.601410
Walter47418.51346

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALHOU
balFG10:57Justin Tucker 51 Yd 30
houSF04:49Joe Flacco Tackled By Connor Barwin In End Zone 32
houTD00:30Kevin Walter 25 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick) 39
SECOND QUARTERBALHOU
houTD14:51Johnathan Joseph 52 Yd Interception Return (Shayne Graham Kick) 316
houTD05:58Owen Daniels 1 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Shayne Graham Kick) 323
houFG01:57Shayne Graham 33 Yd 326
houFG00:03Shayne Graham 29 Yd 329
THIRD QUARTERBALHOU
balTD10:36Tandon Doss 15 Yd Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick) 1029
houTD02:56Arian Foster 1 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick) 1036
FOURTH QUARTERBALHOU
balFG12:23Justin Tucker 54 Yd 1336
houTD08:48Arian Foster 2 Yd Run (Shayne Graham Kick) 1343

Research Notes

Not only did Joe Flacco post the lowest single-game Total QBR (minimum 30 action plays) of the last 5 years with a 0.3 Total QBR on Sunday in Houston, but he did so over an incredible 51 action plays. Taking into account both his QBR and the number of plays he was involved in, Flacco had BY FAR the worst single-game QB PAA and QB PAR scores of the "QBR era." Flacco's -22.2 QB PAA means that an average QB (QBR of 50) would have contributed 22 more net points to his team with the same number of action plays. Even a replacement-level QB (QBR of 25) would have contributed 18 more net points given that level of play.
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The Ravens could not pressure Texans quarterback Matt Schaub with five or more pass rushers Sunday. Schaub was 8-for-8 for 85 yards and a touchdown pass when the Ravens sent five or more pass rushers. Entering the game, Schaub had completed 52.5 percent (32-61) of his passes against at least five rushers, 27th in the league.
The deeper the pass attempt, the more ineffective Flacco was against the Texans on Sunday. Flacco finished 5-of-18 on throws deeper than five yards downfield, including 0-7 on throws at least 10 yards downfield.
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The Ravens have relied more on Joe Flacco over the past two seasons, but when Ray Rice fails to get involved, Flacco struggles. Rice has averaged 19.3 rushes in the Ravens' wins since the start of 2011, including postseason, but has averaged 13.9 rushes in losses. Flacco's play-action passing has taken a hit because of this. On Sunday, Flacco was just 2-of-7 on play action, passing for 12 yards and throwing an interception. Rice had nine rushes in the game, and Flacco's performance mirrored that of his previous losses since the start of 2011.
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The Ravens had their base 3-4 defense on field for 27 of the Texans' rushes, and allowed 5.2 yards per rush Sunday with such personnel on field. That's now back-to-back weeks allowing a rate higher than 5.0 with at least 20 attempts. From 2008 to 2011, the Ravens allowed 5.0 yards per rush with their base 3-4 on field four times, minimum 20 rushes.
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This isn't the Ravens we've been accustomed to, especially since John Harbaugh took over in 2008. Even with Ray Lewis healthy, Baltimore's defense is outside the top 10 in points allowed and in the bottom third of the league in yards allowed. The Ravens were in the top 10 in the NFL in yards and points allowed in each of the previous 4 seasons.
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NEXT LEVEL: Joe Flacco had a Total QBR of 0.3 in Sunday's loss to the Texans, the lowest in a single game by any player over the last 5 seasons (min. 30 action plays).
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The deeper the pass attempt, the more ineffective Flacco was against the Texans on Sunday. Flacco finished 5-of-18 on throws deeper than five yards downfield, including 0-7 on throws at least 10 yards downfield.
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The Ravens could not pressure Texans quarterback Matt Schaub with five or more pass rushers Sunday. Schaub was 8-for-8 for 85 yards and a touchdown pass when the Ravens sent five or more pass rushers. Entering the game, Schaub had completed 52.5 percent (32-61) of his passes against at least five rushers, 27th in the league.

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