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Texans Decimate Ravens 43-13

Johnathan Joseph celebrates his interception return for a TD.

The Houston Texans look like the new team to beat in the AFC, while the Baltimore Ravens head into the bye looking for answers.

Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and the Texans dominated a showdown of the conference’s top two teams, routing the Ravens 43-13 on Sunday.

For sixty minutes today at Reliant Stadium, all the Ravens’ flaws over the first six weeks were on display. The defense couldn’t get consistent pressure on the quarterback. Receivers ran free in the Ravens’ secondary and Texans ran through repeated arm tackles.

On offense, the Ravens wilted again on the road with Joe Flacco looking unsettled and erratic, the offensive line getting overmatched and star running back Ray Rice never getting established.

About the only positive sign for the Ravens (5-2) was the return of 2011 defensive player of the year Terrell Suggs, who saw his first action since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon last May. Suggs sacked Schaub in the first quarter and finished with three tackles.

After the Ravens took a 3-0 lead on rookie kicker Justin Tucker’s 51-yarder on their first drive, the Texans (6-1) scored the final 29 points of the first half to turn the game into a rout.

The barrage included Connor Barwin’s sack of Flacco in the end for a safety, Schaub’s 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Walter, a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by Johnathan Joseph after Flacco’s pass was tipped by J.J. Watt, a 1-yard touchdown catch by Owen Daniels and two Shayne Graham field goals.

The Ravens are off next week but will travel to Cleveland in Week Nine to face the Browns on November 4th.

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