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Texans blast Ravens, lead the way in the AFC

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The teams with the two best records in the AFC met on Sunday in Houston, but only the Texans looked like contenders. The Ravens looked like pretenders.

In a one-sided beatdown that sent a strong signal to the rest of the conference that the road to the Super Bowl will go through Houston, the Texans stomped the Ravens in all phases of the game. We still have a long season ahead of us, but the Texans are now the overwhelming favorites to earn home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs.

Everything went right for the Texans and wrong for the Ravens. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had a big game; Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had a terrible game. Texans running back Arian Foster had a big game; Ravens running back Ray Rice didn’t do much early and the Ravens abandoned the running game once the rout was on. The Texans’ defense had a safety and a pick-six and generally controlled the game; the Ravens’ defense looked like it really, really misses cornerback Lardarius Webb and spiritual leader Ray Lewis.

There was just one bright spot for Baltimore: The Ravens’ defense got linebacker Terrell Suggs back for the first time after an offseason Achilles tendon injury, and Suggs played amazingly well. He had a sack, knocked down two passes, and generally looked like the same Terrell Suggs we’ve grown accustomed to seeing as one of the best defensive players in football. The only problem is that Suggs can’t win a game all by himself, and none of his teammates bothered to show up today.

This Ravens team looks like it has a lot of problems — about as many problems as a 5-2 team can have. But this Texans team is tremendous. Definitely the best team in the AFC.

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  1. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 21, 2012 4:15 PM

    How is this possible, with “elite” QB Joe Flacco to pick up the slack?

  2. flash1283 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:17 PM

    Flacco is elite!!! What a joke!!!

  3. geniusfan says: Oct 21, 2012 4:18 PM

    Fact: The Ravens would be 4-3 with a loss to the Patriots if the replacement refs didn’t blow that game.

  4. hooockey says: Oct 21, 2012 4:19 PM

    Flaccid Joe strikes again!

  5. thebigcrabcake77 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:20 PM

    Flacco usually had nobody open and people in his face all day, mantra of the season when playing a good opponent. Definitely not all him, the defense is a shell of it’s former self.

    Bravo Houston, 1-7 against the Ravens. Well deserved regardless.

  6. thebigcrabcake77 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    Genius fan is bitter. We had more penalty yards than the pats that game fool.

  7. Stiller43 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    Genius fan,

    Dont forget about the cowboys horrible clock management/missed FG to win it, or the terrible calls to allow the ravens to retain posession at the end of the KC game they also should have lost.

  8. niners816 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    Can’t stand Flacco. Elite qb? Hahaha.

  9. ravenator says: Oct 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    Ravens still lead the AFCN, regroup move on and get healthy. Good game texans.

  10. flaccounibrow says: Oct 21, 2012 4:22 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!Let’s be honest folks. The purple browns should have lost to KC and Dallas. They were given a missed FG against NE. They feasably could (should) be 2-4. Not to mention being taken to the brink by a miserable browns team. I’ll be the first to admit my steelers stink, but atleast they won the big one. These pathetic losers will never even get to the big game. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  11. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 21, 2012 4:22 PM

    With no luck and no help from the res ravens look pretty average. Their “elite” qb didn’t save their average defense. The annual Ravens choke is starting earlier than usual. Can’t wait hear ravenators excuses this time.

  12. fuzzynuts55 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:23 PM

    Ravens are who we thought they were! How’s it taste ravenotor?

  13. 3rivers6rings says: Oct 21, 2012 4:24 PM

    Purple Power!!

  14. pgh15212 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:24 PM

    The ravens played with no heart and were an embarrasing mess. From 5-1 to 9-7…maybe.

    Goodnight Baltimore

  15. jstreet1985 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:27 PM

    Genius fan the pats would b 3-2 if Sydney rice would’ve slowed down too!! Im a ravens fan and we r lucky to b 5-2 but every team in the afc has problems and the texans are the best right now! We were owed that beating but I’d ruther lose in the season then the playoffs which will deff go through Texas! I hate fans that find excuses for there team! Right know we suck and texans I take my hat off to them!

  16. mlbbal52 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:27 PM

    List of Ravens hater qoutes:
    Defense sucks (which is true)
    Flacco is elite w sarcasm (he is not)
    Ray Lewis is old and murdered someone (very mature)
    Suggs is ugly (he is but last I checked looks didnt make a player good)
    Replacement refs got them wins (pretty sure there were blown calls all over the league)
    Defense is old (Reed Lewis and Kemoatu are old rest of the Defense is young)
    Ravens are a 3-3 team at best (well they are not)
    …let the hate begin

  17. claymatthewshairplugs says: Oct 21, 2012 4:27 PM

    After watching the game, I’ve come up with ONE conclusion:

    JOE FLACCO IS NOT ELITE!!!!!!!!!!

    Now stop whining about your contract Joe.

  18. baltimoreballs says: Oct 21, 2012 4:29 PM

    well that was rough

  19. raymondtx says: Oct 21, 2012 4:30 PM

    Baltimore looked nothing like the team from last year. Then again, neither did the Texans! :-D

  20. vincentbojackson says: Oct 21, 2012 4:32 PM

    The defense is clearly among the worst in the league, fortunately the Ravens still have their “high powered offense” to fall back on.

  21. steelernator says: Oct 21, 2012 4:34 PM

    Did you hear that THUD? I heard it all the way in Pittsburgh. As I have said time and again, the Ravens are the most over-hyped and over-rated team in the NFL.

    Don’t cry about injuries, nobody has had more than the Steelers. Flacco showed today he is terrible. He couldn’t hold Ben’s jockstrap and never will.

    If the Steelers win tonight, and that is frankly a big ‘if’ the way their defense is playing, they are only 1 loss behind the Ravens.

    Did Harbaugh get his gatorade bath after the game today? I missed that.

    I really enjoyed this game! HAHAHA!

  22. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 21, 2012 4:34 PM

    Watching the Ravens getting their butt kicked made my day by shutting up their boasting fans. As Ravenator would say, eat some of that raven fans.LOL

  23. nattypoes says: Oct 21, 2012 4:38 PM

    geniusfan says:

    Fact: The Ravens would be 4-3 with a loss to the Patriots if the replacement refs didn’t blow that game.

    ____________________

    Fact: The Ravens would still be 5-2 because the replacement refs robbed them the week prior with a crap Offensive PI call to negate the game sealing TD. But yes, the refs gave them the Pats game.

    And Dan Pees has to go after the season. I understand we’re banged up but you don’t drop from 3rd defense to last because of a few injuries, no matter who the injured players are.

  24. crawdaddy1212 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:38 PM

    As much fun as I’ve had making fun of Joe Flacco’s ineptitude over the years, I think its time to cut him a break.

    After 5 years I’ve seen enough. He’s just not a good QB, no reason to make a bigger deal of it than need be. Not a complete scrub, but he will never be elite.

    Nothing else to see here, moving along.

  25. steelerdynasty2010 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:39 PM

    we are obviously less than stellar this year, but this made me smile. Yes, I’m trolling and hating, just like many ravens fans after we lose…have a great week trying to explain this away

  26. kilo0986 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:41 PM

    Lmao, what an embarrassment. And watch the whole pathetic band wagon fan base go into hiding. This team should rightfully be 500. It won’t be long until their record shows what this team really is

  27. njsteelersfan says: Oct 21, 2012 4:46 PM

    Flacco like he said “he’s the greatest QB in the NFL” Like Harbaugh said pay the man LMAO a what 45.4 passer rating avg 3.4 yards for 147 yards OMG that worst then Mark Sanchez

  28. billhicks666 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:50 PM

    While it’s certainly true that Joe Flacco is not elite, let’s give at least some credit to the Texans’ defense. They’ve made some pretty good QBs look bad this year and last.
    Just not Aaron Rodgers (that one still smarts).

  29. steelersownyou says: Oct 21, 2012 4:51 PM

    Flacco had the deer in headlights look again. Harbaugh was crying again. More injuries. A blowout. Team with no defense and almost no offense. Fans crying in the streets of baltimore. What an excellent sunday this is!

  30. kelshannon19 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:53 PM

    Did anyone else hear the bias from Dan Dierdorf against the Texans? Almost anytime Texans did something good, it was almost always explained in terms of how the Ravens just messed up, no credit for the Texans. If he did give credit, it sounded very strained. D**k riding for Suggs. What a joke.

  31. baloneyjohn says: Oct 21, 2012 4:57 PM

    Their offense is often invisible
    Their defense is in the E.R.
    Your season is OVER.

  32. godzilla111111 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:57 PM

    Ravens vs. Texans: 6-1

    Texans playoff victories: 0
    Yes ZERO

  33. ravenschick says: Oct 21, 2012 5:01 PM

    To all the haters, the Ravens are still 5 – 2. And your teams are all .500 or worse. Pats fans – stop whining – the FG was good. Dallas fans – you lost because your coach can’t manage the clock. And Steelers fans, your under. 500 about to get beat by the Bengals. We will return after the bye a better team.

  34. mlbbal52 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:08 PM

    Give the Texans credit they are a great team…alot of haters here trying to bring the Ravens down I guess misery loves company…

  35. steelernator says: Oct 21, 2012 5:09 PM

    Look at the excuses and justifications coming from some Ravens fans. Have a nice week dealing with your embarrassing defeat. Team is a fraud. Over-hyped and over-rated. THUD.

  36. shoekid1113 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:10 PM

    godzilla111111 says: Oct 21, 2012 4:57 PM

    Ravens vs. Texans: 6-1

    Texans playoff victories: 0
    Yes ZERO

    Yes ONE. Dumba**. You’re info is very credible….. Last I checked the Texans beat Cincy in the first round last year. Check your s**t before you type it.

  37. neverwave says: Oct 21, 2012 5:10 PM

    @kelshannon19

    Totally agree, it was so obvious. I don’t think he went more than 30 seconds without mentioning Suggs.

  38. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Oct 21, 2012 5:12 PM

    Did anyone else hear the bias from Dan Dierdorf against the Texans? Almost anytime Texans did something good, it was almost always explained in terms of how the Ravens just messed up, no credit for the Texans. If he did give credit, it sounded very strained. D**k riding for Suggs. What a joke.

    __________________

    Dierdorf talks too much period.

  39. steelernator says: Oct 21, 2012 5:13 PM

    Ravenator, know what they say about payback? I suggest you spend more time worrying about the Ravens problems than the Steelers problems. I realize that will be difficult for you to do.

    THUD.

  40. sixlombardis says: Oct 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

  41. houseofpain22 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:23 PM

    To Godzilla actually the Texans won their first playoff game.. If it wasnt for Jacoby Jones muffed punt and a 5th round rookie being overwhelmed at quarterback the ravens would have never seen the afc championship last year..

  42. mswravens says: Oct 21, 2012 5:25 PM

    Jekyll & Hyde. We’re a very good team at home. We’re a very NOT good team on the road. Bizarre really. Never really seen anything like it…oh, wait…same as last year!

  43. 3kdad says: Oct 21, 2012 5:25 PM

    kelshannon19 I heard it too. Dierdorf was very annoying on the call. I bet he asked Suggs to get a room after the game.

  44. sixlombardisinyourface says: Oct 21, 2012 5:27 PM

    Wow ! 1 touchdown combined against the Chiefs and Texans. And 43 points all over that pathetic defense, so glad Ball So Bad came back to be humilated. Flappo on his Back-o ! What an elite quaterback indeed ! BOOM !!!!

  45. mswravens says: Oct 21, 2012 5:30 PM

    …and oh by the way…Texans are the best team in the AFC this year & I don’t think that there is a close second.

  46. alchemistcirca1979 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:31 PM

    Raven should feel guilty picking up a pay check this week

  47. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 21, 2012 5:33 PM

    Ravens fans play this game all the time. They whine when you “pick on poor Flacco” if you say he’s not the “elite” QB they claim he is.

    Then, when the Ravens turn to Flacco more than Rice or the defense to win the game, they come up short. But out come the Ravens fans to whine about injuries on defense, or how the o-line didn’t play up to snuff.

    Sorry. You can’t have it both ways. If Flacco were the “elite” QB he and you say he is, he’d overcome that. Because that’s EXACTLY what “elite” QBs do!

    Elite QBs win games even when your star defenders are out, and your o-line stinks. Just ask the Steelers, whose QB has been doing it for years.

  48. dontstabmeray says: Oct 21, 2012 5:37 PM

    What was that sound? Oh, it was just ravenator crapping his pants. Carry on.

  49. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 21, 2012 5:39 PM

    After being humiliated by the Packers a week ago, I’m not going to talk any smack. But despite last week’s loss, the Texans ARE one of (if not the) best teams in the AFC. The Ravens had to know this was coming…their defense just isn’t good enough anymore and can no longer cover for Flacco when he has such a horrible game (he is way too inconsistent to be considered elite). But if we happen to face the Ravens in the play-off’s, i’d much rather it be here in Houston because they are tough to beat in Baltimore!

  50. tebowedout says: Oct 21, 2012 5:44 PM

    godzilla111111 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 4:57 PM
    Ravens vs. Texans: 6-1

    Texans playoff victories: 0
    Yes ZERO

    3 30

    Nope. Not zero. They beat the Bengals last year in the playoffs.

  51. ravenator says: Oct 21, 2012 5:51 PM

    Are steeler fans talking? Theyre going to be 2-4 after this week. Whats there to brag about? Ravens still are atop the AFCN or am i missing something?

  52. yojoemama says: Oct 21, 2012 5:52 PM

    Ravens are a fraud. Plain and simple.

  53. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 21, 2012 5:52 PM

    Whats the best way to nullify a great pass rush? You run right at it, wear it down. What’s the worst way to deal with a pass rush? Pass on 1st down, pass on 2nd down, pass on 3rd down, take your best player out of the game without the defense addressing him themselves, and most importantly going 3 and out consistently to have your banged up, declining, shell of itself, defense on the field against a highly motivated team with all the fire power you have and maybe more. This Ravens team needs to figure out its identity on offense and remember 1 thing, #5 is not #12, #18, or #9.

  54. sellout3871 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:00 PM

    godzilla111111 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 4:57 PM
    Ravens vs. Texans: 6-1

    Texans playoff victories: 0
    Yes ZERO

    7 42
    ————————————-

    What?

  55. all32 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:00 PM

    Slacco the best?

  56. texan1979 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:14 PM

    Ravens are a good team. Texans got embarresed last week and were hungry. Good game b more. See u in the play offs

  57. dontstabmeray says: Oct 21, 2012 6:18 PM

    ravenator says:Oct 21, 2012 5:51 PM

    Are steeler fans talking? Theyre going to be 2-4 after this week. Whats there to brag about? Ravens still are atop the AFCN or am i missing something?

    __________________________________

    Yes, you are missing something. It’s called a “clue”. Have fun rationalizing the rest of the season. It’s over for the Ravens. What really stinks is the front office might actually think about going in another direction QB-wise. That really bums out all the other teams in the AFC.

  58. mrbigass says: Oct 21, 2012 6:22 PM

    I think Suggs return and the amount of plays he had resulted in extreme slobbering by the commentators. Especially Dierdork.

    He had has tongue so far down Suggs throat it was…..uh, nasty……

  59. godzilla111111 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:46 PM

    Yes ONE. Dumba**. You’re info is very credible….. Last I checked the Texans beat Cincy in the first round last year. Check your s**t before you type it.

    =============================
    Zero playoff victories over the Ravens-that is the subject under discussion is it not Dumba**?

    Pay attention fool.

  60. ncsteeler says: Oct 21, 2012 6:54 PM

    From Ravenchick

    “We will return after the bye a better team.”

    I would hope so! Otherwise, you might get demoted to the UFL.

  61. sakatak says: Oct 21, 2012 7:11 PM

    Texan fans can feel good about their team after today’s game, just don’t get too big for your britches, after last week you realize the AFC does not compare to the NFC.

  62. drglory says: Oct 21, 2012 7:48 PM

    I think 99% of the comments are about Flaco or the Ravens as a team, I guess us Texans are just getting home after that beatdown. Still don’t like Jacoby Jones.

    Go Texans. Bulls on Parade

  63. jiggy3198 says: Oct 21, 2012 8:53 PM

    Joe had bad game true but so did the whole team. I expected this to happen as the cards were stacked against us. Again he is the winningest qb in history in his first four years. Two afc title games and the only qb to win a playoff game in his first four years. While I admit he us not elite he’s a winner with good stats. I don’t know where you want to go without Joe but it could be worse. You guys are ridiculous. He’s not talking about his contract he’s playing.

  64. mrmidevil says: Oct 21, 2012 9:36 PM

    Ravens should have lost to Dallas and NE……Just glad Ray Ray is going under the knife instead of using it.

  65. boltsfan14 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:02 PM

    Win the Ravens…….Nevermore! Hahahaha. You’re finished. Eventually your luck runs out and this is just the beginning. 7-9 at best.

  66. wtf2812 says: Oct 22, 2012 12:23 AM

    What’s that, Ravens fans????? *crickets*

    Just what I thought. None of you show when your team wilts.

  67. avoidtheboyd says: Oct 22, 2012 12:54 AM

    You can’t spell “elite” without j.o.e.
    Oh wait. Yes you can.

  68. sudz28 says: Oct 22, 2012 7:03 AM

    @ravenator:
    “Are steeler fans talking? Theyre going to be 2-4 after this week. Whats there to brag about? Ravens still are atop the AFCN or am i missing something?”

    Yep, we sure are! You run your mouth 24/7 about how great the Ratbirds are and about how the Steelers suck, yet here we are just 1 game behind you in second place and coming up fast. Your D can’t seem to stop a nosebleed these days and Unibrow is an exposed puppy when he’s relied upon to pull it out. To sum up: you were WRONG about the Ratbirds, and you are WRONG about the Steelers who are now 3-3 and ascending. Plenty to brag about when you pick yourself up after some bad losses and show you still have the will to win. Maybe one day you’ll learn that, but for now all your team has shown is that if the refs don’t hand them a game all they can do is crap the bed.

  69. randallflagg52 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:29 AM

    boltsfan14 says:Oct 21, 2012 11:02 PM

    Win the Ravens…….Nevermore! Hahahaha. You’re finished. Eventually your luck runs out and this is just the beginning. 7-9 at best.

    ==================================

    A charger fan talking smack?! After that beat down by Denver?! It’s bad enough there are steeler fans on here trash talking, with their mighty one win over .500 record, but a charger fan? You guys are sub .500 and have never won a superbowl. Phil Rivers is the NFL’s biggest loser. You say “nevermore” about the ravens, well the chargers neverwas.

  70. Steeler's Will-enator says: Oct 22, 2012 10:03 AM

    While I’m glad to see the Ravens lose and a promising Steeler win in the same weekend, I am also very glad to see T-Sizzle back on the field, one of my favorite players 14 games per season.

  71. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 22, 2012 10:52 AM

    godzilla111111 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 6:46 PM
    Yes ONE. Dumba**. You’re info is very credible….. Last I checked the Texans beat Cincy in the first round last year. Check your s**t before you type it.

    =============================
    Zero playoff victories over the Ravens-that is the subject under discussion is it not Dumba**?

    Pay attention fool
    =============================

    Is that a joke? You’re hyping up that you beat us 1 time by the skin of your teeth in the playoffs and thats worthy of a “Yes Zero” comment. You know what, if that makes you feel better about getting plunger r@&ed then so be it. Just FYI, your “elite” QB had a 0.6 QBR in the 2nd qtr. Yes Zero.6

  72. gbravenfan says: Oct 22, 2012 12:29 PM

    Plain and simple, Steelers are good, Ravens are good, patriots are good, Texens are playing the best. Its a week to week league and everyone on here knows it. All the talk about how the Steelers, pats, Ravens or the Texans are this or that is stupid. The Ravens had a terrible game yesterday and the Texans put a whoopin on them. I’ll take 5-2 going into the bye with Cleveland and Oakland on the otherside before we get into the playoff push. Tap the brakes folks.

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