After spotting the visiting Ravens 3-0, Connor Barwin got his first sack of the season against Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, a safety in the end zone, and from that point on, Houston never looked back and breezed to a 43-13 win over the Ravens. The victory moves the Texans to 6-1 on the season, while the loss drops Baltimore to 5-2. With the win, Houston now can boast of having the best record in the AFC. The Texans have their bye week next Sunday before returning home on November 4th to play hosts to the Buffalo Bills.
As expected, all the Texans were in a jovial mood after the big win. Team owner Bob McNair praised his team in the locker room after the game. “It was a great win for us because we were very unhappy with the way we played last week. All the guys wanted to come out today and really play well, and they did. It was a team effort, but defense ignited things early on. Then that got the offense going. Special teams played better than they have. It was a big win and we are very happy to be in the position we are in. It’s a great position to be in (6-1 going into the bye week). We still have a long ways to go, but we have a little time to rest and have some minor injuries heal up and then we’ll be ready to go again. We just have to keep grinding. If the season was over right now it would be wonderful, but it is not. I’m very happy that we are playing as well as we are.”
Head Coach Gary Kubiak was also pleased with the outcome. “Defense made the big play to kind of spark the football team and then we moved the ball pretty darn good for three and a half quarters. It was a team effort. The thing I was most proud of today, I think everybody pitched in. I think a lot of guys were doing some good things. I think the leaders; the guys that are captains of our football team picked it up a notch today.”
As already mentioned, defense got the Texans going, and that didn’t go without being noticed by Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips. “The safety was certainly a big play. It got our fans in the game; it got our players in the game. We were a little loose on the first series, but I thought after that we played lights out. It was a big statement. Especially defensively, after last week we wanted to come out and make a statement and show that we can play the kind of football we play. I thought it was a great game for us. It’s a great way to go into the bye week with a win. Those are always big weeks for you, and if you go in with a loss then it’s a little bit tougher.”
The 43 points scored by the Texans is the most in team history, but more important than the record-breaking win was the fact the team bounced back after being totally dominated by the Packers just a week earlier. Quarterback Matt Schaub realized just how important a win it was for his team.
“To win this one, especially after last week, and going into our bye week with a good taste in our mouth and beating a very good football team here in our place, we are very excited about that.”
It definitely WAS a big win for the Texans. They can enjoy the bye week and then get ready for the Bills on November 4th, but they MUST remain focused when they return from the week off. Otherwise, all the work they have done for first 7 games could be all for naught. One gets the feeling that WON’T happen. This team is good enough to represent the AFC in New Orleans next February, and they are playing well enough so far this season to prove they belong there!