The Baltimore Ravens remained the hottest team in the NFL as they blew out the Houston Texans 41-7 Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, improving their record to 8-2.
The game was expected to be a shoot-out between two of the league’s best young quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson of the Ravens and Deshaun Watson of the Texans. The difference in the game was that the Ravens were able to protect their quarterback, while the Texans were not, as Watson was sacked six times, five in the first half.
On the Texans’ fifth play of the game, Watson was sacked and fumbled, setting the stage for the rest of the game. On their next series, Watson threw a 33-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone. Hopkins was obviously interfered with, but the officials did not call the penalty, and the Texans’ challenge was denied.
“It was clear the defense wrapped him up, but they didn’t call it. It could have been a turning point, but they didn’t call it,” Watson said.
That play seemed to take all the energy out of the Texans, that, and the stifling Ravens’ defense. The Texans could only generate 102 total yards in the first half, and 232 yards for the game.
Meanwhile, Jackson was heating up as he tossed two touchdown passes in the second quarter, a 15-yard pass to Seth Roberts, and an 18-yard pass to Mark Andrews, giving the Ravens a 14-0 halftime lead.
The second half was all Ravens, as Jackson threw two more touchdown passes, both to Mark Ingram, and Gus Edwards ended the Ravens scoring with a 63-yard run. For the game, the Ravens generated 491 yards of total offense.
The Texans got on the scoreboard when Carlos Hyde ran 77 yards up the middle for a touchdown with 7:10 to go in the game.
Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. This week his rating was 131.9 as he completed 14 of 20 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed eight times for 85 yards.
The Texans’ secondary once again was undermanned as safety Mike Adams was injured during the pre-game warmups, and cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. and safety Justin Reid left with injuries in the third quarter.
For the Texans, Watson completed 14 of 23 passes for 154 yards with one interception and a fumble. Hopkins had seven receptions for 80 yards.
“Today didn’t go our way. We didn’t execute. They did a much better job of executing and they got the momentum rolling. We just kept fighting, but things didn’t go our way,” Watson said. “We get another opportunity Thursday night, against a division opponent, to go out and show we can play. Every game is different. We don’t dwell on our losses.”
The Texans (6-4) will play the Indianapolis Colts (6-4) on Thursday night at NRG Stadium. The teams are tied for first place in the AFC South division.
9:17 Ravens: Seth Roberts 15-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson. Justin Tucker kick.
Drive: 9 plays, 90 yards, 5:46.
Ravens 7, Texans 0
2:14 Ravens: Mark Andrews 18-yard touchdown pass from Jackson. Tucker kick.
Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 4:22.
Ravens 14, Texans 0
11:33 Ravens: Mark Ingram 25-yard touchdown pass from Jackson. Tucker kick.
Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards, 3:27.
Ravens 21, Texans 0
6:52 Ravens: Tucker 34-yard field goal.
Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards, 2:05.
Ravens 24, Texans 0
1:30 Ravens: Tucker 46-yard field goal.
Drive: 6 plays, 11 yards, 3:14.
Ravens 27, Texans 0
9:56 Ravens: Ingram 12-yard touchdown pass from Jackson. Tucker kick.
Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 4:52.
Ravens 34, Texans 0
7:10 Texans: Carlos Hyde 41-yard run. Ka’imi Fairbairn kick.
Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards, 2:40.
Ravens 34, Texans 7
4:12 Ravens: Gus Edwards 63-yard run. Tucker kick.
Drive: 5 plays, 87 yards, 3:09.
Ravens 41, Texans 7