Ravens Roll Over Texans 41-13

Baltimore’s offensive machine continued to hit on all cylinders and Ray Lewis nabbed two interceptions as the Ravens won their fourth straight over the Houston Texans 41-13.

Baltimore’s national identity for years has been a hard-hitting defense; it seems improbable to finally see the offense begin to get as many accolades. This was the fourth straight game in which the team has posted 27 points and the seventh time in franchise history that they have scored 40 points or more.

Joe Flacco was unflappable as he shook off early problems with the offensive line to throw two touchdowns to a quarterback rating of 118. Willis McGahee returned with a vengeance scoring twice gaining over 112 yards and unleashing one of the worst looking touchdown celebrations ever seen. They even showed off that Cameron unpredictability with Troy Smith throwing for a touchdown of his own off of the Suggs package.

There was concern entering the game for Houston’s fourth ranked offense, Sage Rosenfels and Andre Johnson They were able to gain over 350 total yards but it was undone by Rosenfels’ four interceptions that held fuel the rout. Johnson was also mostly held in check with seven catches for 66 yards.

Baltimore looks to complete its three game road trip as they take on the World champion, New York Giants next week.


Todd Heap was finally invited to the offensive party and broke out in a big way. He caught 5 balls for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. Adding another weapon to this now potent offense seems like a good thing. At least some fans will be a bit happier.

Rookie Steve Hauschka nailed a 54-yard field goal attempt heading into halftime and looked good in kickoffs. So maybe Coach Harbaugh can explain why they sent out creaky Matt Stover for a 50-yard attempt later in the game? He wasn’t even close.

Leading receiver Derrick Mason left the game with a shoulder strain but did return. He will need to be healthy for the Ravens to make run at this. Keep an eye of his status.

Penalty flags were all over the place in the first half as Baltimore was flagged seven times, mainly from the offensive line for 55 yards. They did not receive a penalty in the second half. Nice adjustments and focus.

Haloti Ngata. It’s time for my pro bowl plug again this week. His interception near the goal line showcased his instincts and athletic ability as he tipped the ball to himself to gain a crucial turnover. The guy has skills.

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