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Suggs, an outside linebacker who was selected last season’s defensive player of the year, played for the first time since surgery in May to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. But the defense wasn’t the same without star middle linebacker Lewis and top cornerback Webb, who were both placed on the injured reserve during th3 week.
The Ravens gave up their most points since a 44-20 loss to Indianapolis in 2007, and Houston’s 43 points were the most in franchise history.
“We can’t come here and make mistakes like we made and expect to be in the game,” safety Ed Reed said.
But the problems weren’t limited to the defense as the Ravens (5-2) lost to Houston (6-1) for the first time in seven meetings. Joe Flacco was 21 of 43 for 147 yards with two interceptions, and Ray Rice was held to a season-low 42 yards rushing.
The Ravens led 3-0 in the first quarter after a 51-yard field goal by rookie Justin Tucker. It was his third of more than 50 yards this season, which is the most in a season in team history. He made it four with a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Houston’s offense couldn’t do anything early. It was OK though as the defense got the Texans on the board. Connor Barwin took down Flacco in the end zone for his first sack of the season and a safety to make it 3-2.
The Texans started clicking on offense on the next drive, but not without a small hiccup. Schaub badly overthrew a wide-open Kevin Walter before finding Walter four plays later for a 25-yard touchdown reception to give Houston a 9-3 lead late in the first quarter.
J.J. Watt tipped a pass on the first play of the second quarter which Johnathan Joseph returned 52 yards for a touchdown to extend Houston’s lead to 16-3.
Tipped balls were a problem all day for Flacco.
“That’s what they do,” Harbaugh said. “They do a great job with that. We worked on it all week, trying to get their hands down and we were unable to do it. It was a little disappointing.”
“It looked to me like he played really well,” Harbaugh said. “He was in probably surprisingly good football shape for as little football as he’s played. It’s going to be a plus for us and he’s only going to get better.”
Suggs was disappointed that his first game back was such a lopsided defeat, but thinks the Ravens should be encouraged with their 5-2 record entering their bye week considering all the injuries they’ve had.
“We know we’ve got some work to do,” he said. “This is a very emotional time for us. Losing probably one of the greatest middle linebackers in the game and losing your starting corner, that’s going to hurt.”
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