Even with Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb, the Ravens might not have had a chance in Houston today.
The Texans are good. Really good. Their defense is suffocating and punishing. Just ask Joe Flacco, who absorbed four sacks and seemed to be on the run on almost every passing play. Their offense has weapons all over, led by Arian Foster (98 rushing yards, two touchdowns), Matt Schaub (256 passing yards, two touchdowns) and his host of passing options.
The Ravens had won five of their first six games despite a defense that ranked 26th in the league, and will likely tumble after surrendering 420 yards to the Texans.
Baltimore made the wrong kind of history in this afternoon's 43-13 loss, allowing more than 40 points for the first time since falling 44-20 to the Colts on Dec. 9, 2007.
It was also the first time Houston defeated the Ravens in seven meetings all-time. As a result, Baltimore slipped to 5-2 while the Texans improved to 6-1.
Some might've predicted a defeat at Reliant Stadium, but one this bad? Not likely.
The defense couldn't slow the Texans at all, even with Terrell Suggs back in the fold. The offense finished with 176 yards and just one touchdown.
The best thing the Ravens can do heading into the bye is get healthy - boy, do they need to do that in a hurry - and then use the anger and embarrassment from today's loss to their advantage at Cleveland on Nov. 4. I'm guessing the Browns will be wary.