The Houston Texans failed to enter the red zone once again this week, as the Baltimore Ravens destroyed them 30-9 on Sunday. On a day that former Raven and two time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis got inducted in the Ring of Honor during a ceremony at halftime.
Ed Reed made his debut at free safety for the Texans in front of his former Ravens team.
Ravens Daryl Smith stepped in front of a pass that was intended for Owen Daniels from Matt Schaub, Smith ran the ball in for the touchdown and the 10-6 lead.
Then right before the end of the second quarter, Tandon Doss ran back an 82 yard punt for a touchdown and the 17-6 Ravens lead.
The Texans offense remained stagnant enough where they were able to connect on a 47 yard field goal, as the Ravens maintained the 17-9 halftime lead.
The Ravens continued to dominate in the second half, as Bernard Pierce ran for 65 yards and a third quarter touchdown for the 24-9 lead. Pierce replaced starting running back Ray Rice who was sidelined with hip flexor injury.
After two Justin Tucker field goals that sealed the victory for the Ravens (2-1).
The Texans have been win less in Baltimore since 2011 which includes a postseason loss.
"Baltimore has a great defense," Reed said. "I told the guys coming into this game, defensively they're going to know every move that you're making, everything that you're doing."
Matt Schaub finished 25-35 for 194 yards and 1 interception on the day in the loss. Schaub spoke about the key factor of the game for the Texans, "poor decision on my part. You got to be better in that situation, especially late in the half."
"Over a four-play sequence, we give them 14 points. That's where the game turned, and we were playing catch-up all game long," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said.
Joe Flacco was 16-24 for 171 yards and no touchdowns.
Two huge plays by the defense and the special teams," coach John Harbaugh said. "We do feel we're as far along as we could possibly be with this group. We haven't given up the big plays."
Since their blowout loss in Denver, the Ravens defense has been dominate by not allowing the opposing team to score a touchdown in the last two games.
Texans WR Andre Johnson was sidelined in the second half due to a bruised shin he suffered in the second quarter.
"I did not think he could run the way he needs to play, so we took him out," Kubiak said.
The Texans return home to face a red hot Seattle Seahawks team at Reliant Stadium on Sunday.