Top spot in the AFC was on the line entering Week 7’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) and the Houston Texans (6-1). The Texans left no question as to who is the conference’s top team, handing the Ravens a 43-13 demolishing at Reliant Stadium.
With Lewis and Webb both sidelined, the defense did receive an emotional lift. Defensive player of the year Terrell Suggs returned sooner than expected. Suggs played well, recording one sack and four tackles. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” he said. “Call a spade a spade. They whooped our ass.”
The Ravens’ road woes continue after the loss. The team has lost in Philadelphia, struggled but won in Kansas City, and got blown out in Houston yesterday. The team’s offense continues to have trouble maintaining consistency, averaging 32.3 points at home and 15.0 on the road. “It’s like we’re two different teams right now, on the road versus at home” safety Ed Reed suggested.
“I’m concerned about everything” Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh said. “You can talk about pretty much everything today. … We’ve got to coach better, and we’ve got to play better to accomplish what we want to accomplish. It’s a good time to have a bye week to work those things out.”
The Ravens were soundly outplayed on both offense and defense. Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 21 of 43 passes for only 147 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. One of those interceptions was returned for six points early in the second quarter. Running back Ray Rice was limited to 42 yards on 9 carries.
The Ravens enter their bye week with much to think about. Although the team has a 5-2 record, there is much concern. The defense has been shaky and the team doesn’t know which offense will show up. Hopefully, the Ravens will rebound in two weeks against the Cleveland Browns.