2014 DRAFT GUIDE
5 things to know from Ravens' 30-9 rout of Texans

By DAVID GINSBURG - AP Sports Writer
    2013-09-23 02:57

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens apparently don't need an emotional lift from Ray Lewis or the services of running back Ray Rice to win a big game.

All it took to beat the Houston Texans was a couple of momentum-turning plays and a strong performance by the defense.

Daryl Smith returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, Tandon Doss took a punt 82 yards for a score and Baltimore's improving defense held the high-powered Texans without a touchdown in a 30-9 rout Sunday.

The Ravens inducted the retired Lewis into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime. Before the game, Lewis was the first player out during introductions. But the former linebacker, who retired after Baltimore won the Super Bowl in February, declined to do his trademark dance.

``I walked out there with a totally different perspective, because every other time I always walked out there for a battle,'' Lewis said. ``But this time, I walked out there as a man, a complete man. It feels good, it feels good to know I ran my race, and now I'm here.''

Lewis watched the game respectfully from the sideline, as did Rice, who missed his first start since 2008 with a strained left hip flexor.

It didn't matter that neither Ray contributed. Bernard Pierce ran for 65 yards and a touchdown and Baltimore (2-1) did not commit a turnover.

``It was just a great day,'' Smith said. ``Got a great win, and it was Ray Lewis Day, too.''

The Texans (2-1), on the other hand, absorbed a distressing defeat following wins over San Diego and Tennessee. Houston led 6-3 before Smith and Doss scored in the final three minutes of the first half.

``We need to take a hard look at what we're doing as a team and individuals,'' Houston quarterback Matt Schaub said.

The Texans were called for 14 penalties and didn't score after halftime.

``We did not play well,'' running back Arian Foster said. ``We did not play well at all.''

Five things we learned from Baltimore's 30-9 win over the Texans:

1. NO TIME TO PANIC: The Ravens' new-look defense has improved radically since allowing seven touchdowns in a season-opening 49-27 loss at Denver.

In the wake of that loss, fans and some media members wondered if the defending champs had lost their edge.

``The only people panicking was you guys. We know we didn't play a good game,'' Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said Sunday. ``In the NFL you're going to have highs and lows. It was the first game. They had some success. We knew we had to go to work.''

And so they did. Baltimore has since gone eight straight quarters without allowing a touchdown.

2. MAKING A DIFFERENCE: The Texans offense, which tallied seven touchdowns and 61 points in opening the season with two victories, isn't the same without wide receiver Andre Johnson, who saw limited action after bruising his shin.

After Johnson limped through most of the first half and an X-ray at halftime showed no break, coach Gary Kubiak called for a pass to the standout receiver to start the third quarter.

``We threw the ball the first play. I wanted to see him run,'' Kubiak said. ``I did not think he could run the way he needs to play, so we took him out.''

Johnson will be re-evaluated in Houston on Monday.

3. REED DEBUT: Ed Reed made his Texans debut after missing the first two games of the season following his recovery from hip surgery. It was his first NFL game in which he wasn't wearing a Baltimore uniform.

Reed spent 11 years with the Ravens before signing a free-agent deal with Houston in March.

Kubiak talked with Reed before the game and set a number of snaps he'd play in his first game action. When someone relieved the free safety late in the game, Reed was surprised.

``I was like, `Whoa, whoa, whoa, what's going on?''' he said. ``I totally forgot about the play count.''

At least Reed finished his first game back healthy.

``At the end of the day, I felt good,'' said Reed, who was credited with three tackles.

4. SOLID SEPTEMBER: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finished 16 for 24 for 171 yards and no touchdowns. Nothing great, but he's now 11-0 at home in September starts during his NFL career, the best record for a quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

Credit for this one, he said, goes to the defense.

``Our defense, man, it didn't break,'' Flacco said. ``They've played two weeks now where they haven't given up a touchdown. That's pretty good. You're going to have a tough time losing when that happens.''

5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Doss celebrated his 24th birthday with a sensational punt return that put the Ravens up 17-6.

``Just having that play in front of my home team fans, that was amazing,'' he said. ``Hopefully, I'll just keep doing it.''

The runback was reviewed because Doss came dangerously close to stepping out of bounds.

``I thought I stepped out, honestly,'' he said.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Miles AustinMar 30 05:32p

Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, March 30. The deal is worth $2.3 million with $700,000 available in incentives, according to a source.

DeMeco RyansMar 30 05:02p

Philadelphia Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') said he will be ready for training camp in July after coming back from his second torn Achilles' tendon since 2010. He will [ More ]

Michael HillMar 30 05:02p

Free-agent RB Michael Hill (Colts) signed an undisclosed deal with the Washington Redskins Monday, March 30.

Demaryius ThomasMar 30 02:12p

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will not be present at the Broncos' offseason program or attend workouts with QB Peyton Manning at Duke University. Thomas is currently in Los Angeles for a charity event.

Jordan TodmanMar 30 01:42p

Free-agent RB Jordan Todman (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Monday, March 30. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Miles AustinMar 30 11:42a

Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) will likely sign with the Philadelphia Eagles this week if all goes well with his physical, according to a source.

R. Griffin IIIMar 29 07:42p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will be the first-team quarterback during offseason workouts, according to head Jay Gruden, but Gruden also said he expects QB Kirk Cousins and [ More ]

Stevan RidleyMar 29 10:12a

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is scheduled to meet with a few teams this week. Ridley is expected to receive full medical clearance in around six weeks.

Andre EllingtonMar 27 07:52p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. [ More ]

C.J. AndersonMar 27 07:32p

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back [ More ]

Jonathan MartinMar 27 04:32p

San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27.

Alan BallMar 27 03:02p

Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jarrett BoykinMar 27 02:12p

Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nick FolesMar 27 01:22p

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said it's the team's intention to draft a quarterback in this year's draft, despite trading for QB Nick Foles in the offseason. [ More ]

Dont'a HightowerMar 26 08:02p

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum. Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular [ More ]

Brian QuickMar 26 06:52p

St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) is making progress in recovering from a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder he suffered last October. Head coach Jeff Fisher has [ More ]

Jay CutlerMar 26 06:32p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be [ More ]

Danny LansanahMar 26 05:42p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signed his one-year tender Thursday, March 26.

Jonathan MartinMar 26 04:52p

San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was waived Thursday, March 26.

Pat SimsMar 26 04:22p

Free-agent DT Pat Sims (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, March 26.

Victor CruzMar 26 01:32p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) 'looks really good and light,' according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz started running last week six months after he tore the [ More ]

D. Heyward-BeyMar 26 11:52a

Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.

Paul RichardsonMar 26 12:43a

Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (knee) might not be ready for the start of the season, head coach Pete Carroll indicated Wednesday, March 25. Carroll did say Richardson's rehab [ More ]

Blake BortlesMar 25 08:43p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles received an endorsement from head coach Gus Bradley Tuesday, March 24. Speaking at the AFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Annual Meetings Tuesday, Bradley [ More ]

Travis KelceMar 25 06:03p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce played at roughly 250 pounds in 2014, but head coach Andy Reid wants Kelce to report bigger in 2015, and Reid thinks Kelce [ More ]

Drew BreesMar 25 05:03p

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota isn't an option for the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, according to head coach Sean Payton. Payton said [ More ]

Adrian PetersonMar 25 04:33p

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson [ More ]

Ifeanyi MomahMar 25 03:13p

Free-agent TE Ifeanyi Momah (Lions) signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, March 25. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Terence NewmanMar 25 01:53p

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 25, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jordy NelsonMar 25 12:23p

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Victor CruzMar 25 11:53a

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) could miss the start of the 2015 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. [ More ]

Josh HillMar 25 11:03a

New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2015. Head coach Sean Payton has mentioned him quite a bit since [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group