Rapid Reaction: Texans fall 41-7 in Baltimore

The Texans fell, 41-7, to the Ravens on Sunday in Baltimore. With Deshaun Watson under center, the Texans had never lost a regular season game by more than one score.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens gained momentum and never looked back. The Texans didn't find the end zone until the fourth quarter and converted just 2-of-10 third downs.

“It just didn’t go our way,” Watson said after the game. “We didn’t execute and they executed.”

Watson completed 18-of-29 passes for 169 yards. He was intercepted once and was sacked six times. The Texans offense rushed for 122 yards, led by Carlos Hyde who had nine carries for 65 yards and the only touchdown of the game for Houston. DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes for a team-high 80 yards receiving.

Brennan Scarlett had a sack on Lamar Jackson, who completed 17-of-24 passes for 222 yards, four touchdowns and added 86 yards rushing on nine carries.

“I think we didn’t start well offensively, so we gave him (Jackson) time to get adjusted and we didn’t adjust,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “We tried to adjust and we just didn’t do enough. But he did a better job once he got going.”

Houston got off to a rocky start after a strip sack of Watson resulted in an early Baltimore takeaway. The Texans defense held the Ravens to a field-goal attempt, but Justin Tucker missed from 43 yards. Special teams made a big stop on Baltimore’s next drive, when A.J. Moore recorded a tackle for loss on the fake field-goal attempt.

Jackson, who completed just one pass in a scoreless first quarter, threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter. The Ravens quarterback completed a 15-yarder to wide receiver Seth Roberts to give Baltimore a 7-0 lead with 9:17 left in the first half. Tight end Mark Andrews caught the second touchdown pass on the next Ravens drive.

After Ka’imi Fairbairn missed a 43-yard field goal try, the Texans headed into the locker room trailing 14-0 at halftime.

“We got behind, it was 14-0," O'Brien said. "We tried to stick with the run but eventually, we had to try to throw the football and gain positive yards throwing the football and we just couldn’t do much of anything today.”

Lonnie Johnson and Justin Reid left the game on the same third-quarter drive with injuries. O'Brien did not have an update on their status after the game.

Keke Coutee’s 11-yard catch-and-run on third down extended the Texans next drive, but a Watson pass was picked off Josh Bynes just two plays later near midfield. Tucker kicked a 46-yard field goal to end a six-play, 11-yard drive. The Texans trailed 27-0 with a 1:30 left in the third quarter.

A 51-yard catch-and-run by Andrews gave Ravens the ball at the Houston 14-yard line. Two plays later, Mark Ingram scored on a 12-yard touchdown reception and the Ravens pulled away, 34-0 with 9:50 remaining in the game.

On the next possession, Duke Johnson’s 17-yard run had the Texans offense in Baltimore territory. Hyde followed up with a 41-yard touchdown run to cap off a quick, five-play, 77-yard drive that took 2:40 off the clock. Houston trailed 34-7 with a 7:10 left in the game.

Robert Griffin III entered the game for the Ravens and led another scoring drive. Gus Edwards scored on a 63-yard touchdown run to give Baltimore a 41-7 lead.

Despite the loss, Watson and the Texans know they must quickly turn the page with a short week ahead.

"It's the NFL and I am assuming that if you play in the NFL, you know that every week is different, every game is different," Watson said. "You don’t dwell on the loss or even the win. You’ve got to continue to go out there and execute the next opportunity. That’s what we are going to do. Flush it and move forward."

The Texans host the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football. Both teams are 6-4.

Houston Texans Fans travel to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for the tenth game of the 2019 NFL season against the Ravens.

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