The Houston Texans made a statement on Sunday, hammering the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 at Reliant Stadium. Matt Schaub threw for two touchdown passes and Arian Foster ran for two more, as the Texans took advantage of a Ravens defense missing several key starters.
While Baltimore's defense was certainly banged up, their offense was relatively healthy. and Texans blogger Vega at SB Nation's Battle Red Blog was very pleased with how Houston shut down the Ravens' offense:
There's no question that the Ravens have suffered some key injuries, but their offense was pretty healthy coming into this game and was ranked fifth in yards, eighth in points, and eighth in DVOA. With J.J. Watt having his quietest game of the year (though still making a significant impact), the Texans' defense absolutely shut them down. And oh yeah, the Texans are also missing their emotional leader (and better performing) middle linebacker.
So, don't let anyone tell you that this victory is tainted because of injury.
Vega also noted how this performance was a brilliant way to answer some critics after a thumping at the hands of the Green Bay Packers last Monday night. Some had begun to worry that maybe Houston was not as good as they seemed.
Houston will get to savor this victory for a while, as it heads into the bye week with a 6-1 record and a commanding lead in the AFC South. Up next is a date with the defenseless Buffalo Bills on Nov. 4