The numbers in this one pretty much reflect reality.
First downs: Houston 16, Baltimore 4
Total yards: Houston 258, Baltimore 84
Penalties: Baltimore 5-56, Houston 2-20
Turnover: Baltimore 2, Houston 0
Time of possession: Houston 20:53, Baltimore 9:04
The Ravens are getting crushed, mauled, humiliated. They’ll need Joe Flacco to choose his Halloween costume early, and hope he goes with Frank Reich or Peyton Manning because a 29-3 halftime deficit won’t be easy to erase against one of the NFL’s top 10 defenses.
Flacco and the Baltimore offense is being outclassed by Matt Schaub and the Texans. Schaub is 19-for-32 for 190 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Flacco? Well, he’s 7-for-20 for just 52 yards and two picks. Awful.
Ray Rice has just six rushes for 35 yards, so not much room on the ground either.
However, linebacker Terrell Suggs has made a pretty remarkable return from his torn Achilles tendon. His playing time is being limited, but on the snaps he’s been given, he’s been noticed, to say the least. He had three tackles, a sack and a tipped pass in his first half of action in 2012.
Too bad that coincided with the Ravens’ largest deficit of the season and what appears to be the start of a shellacking at the hands of the Texans.
On top of all that, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was carted off with an injury to his right leg and defensive lineman Haloti Ngata also limped off seeming to favor his already sprained knee.
Update: The Ravens started the second half better than any stretch they put together in the first two quarters.
They began by stalling the Texans deep in their own territory, and then followed with a five-play, 47-yard drive that ended with Tandon Doss’ first career touchdown catch - a 15-yarder that trimmed Houston’s lead to 29-10.
Good start. Can it continue?
In another bit of good news, Osemele has returned to the game in the third quarter. Looked pretty serious when his right leg was immobilized as he was carted off in the first quarter.
Update II: The Texans answered right away, driving 80 yards in 12 plays for yet another score.
Houston drained 7:40 off the clock, the final seconds of which ticked off as Arian Foster ran 1 yard into the end zone for a 36-10 lead. Foster now has 78 yards on 16 carries.
Update III: Justin Tucker is simply ridiculous. He’s made both of his field-goal attempts today, both longer than 50 yards.
The rookie kicker converted from 51 yards out in the first quarter and just split the uprights from 54 yards out to cut the Houston lead to 36-13.
Tucker is now 14-for-15 on the year and routinely makes them from at least 50.