The Texans didn’t bring their magic with them to Baltimore. After winning their first two games of the season in extremely dramatic fashion – they won both on the final play of the game – the Texans went down early to the Ravens and never recovered in a 30-9 loss on Sunday.
The Texans were in the game early and outplayed the Ravens in the first half. They outgained them 157-65 and controlled the ball for 18:21 but trailed 17-9 and didn't even make a second-half run. The Texans actually took an early 6-0 lead but failed to get touchdowns out of drives, allowing kicker Randy Bullock to kick a 27- and 29-yarders. Bullock made all three of his field goal attempts.
The Ravens took their first lead of the game when former Jaguar Darryl Smith picked off a bad Matt Schaub pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. After their next drive stalled, Ravens returner Tandon Doss returned Shane Lechler’s 58-yard punt 82 yards to extend the Ravens’ lead.
The Texans’ offense didn’t get much going on Sunday. The team scored just nine points and didn’t score an offensive touchdown for the first time since their game against the Vikings last year. That was the only game in 2012 in which they didn’t score an offensive touchdown.
With 14 penalties for 113 yards, the Texans played an extremely sloppy game against the Ravens, who weren’t much better, with 10 penalties for 87 yards of their own. The Texans’ 14 penalties tied a franchise record set in 2002. Ed Reed made his season debut on Sunday and he did it against his former team. He made a few tackles in his first game action.