The Baltimore Ravens took advantage of 4 Sage Rosenfels interceptions to beat the Houston Texans 41-13 at Reliant Stadium Sunday afternoon in Houston.
I’m looking forward to the spin that Marc Vandermeer, the ever optimistic voice of the Texans will put on this game during his morning talk show tomorrow. What are your guesses? This has become a sport of its own since the Texans first hit the field in 2002. Remember the David Carr years? Some of his spin is priceless.
Although the score at halftime was 12-6 Ravens, I got the feeling that the varsity team was playing the junior varsity as the Texans were never in the game. Joe Flacco, the rookie quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens threw a 43 yard touchdown pass to Yamon Figurs to get the scoring started for the defensive minded team. Flacco played a steady game completing 15 of 23 passes with his second touchdown pass going to tight end Todd Heap.
Ray Lewis picked off Rosenfels twice. The second interception came inside the Texans 20 yard line. The Ravens kept the clock running throughout the second half with a steady dose of running backs Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain. Baltimore rushed for more than 160 yards.
The fate of the Texans was surely sealed with 1:38 to go in the first quarter. With the ball on the Ravens one yard line, Rosenfels was intercepted for the first time. Sure handed Raven’s nose tackle, Haloti Ngata snagged a pass in the end zone intended for Owen Daniels. This gave the Ravens 1st and 10 at their 20 yard line.
The lone bright spot came for the Texans late in the 3rd quarter. Rosenfels hit Kevin Walter from 60 yards out to bring the score to 19-13. This would account for the last score by the Texans for the remainder of the game. Big plays were the only way the Texans were going to score on the Ravens. Unfortunately for the Texans, the big plays they needed never came.
I’m guessing Vandermeer’s positive spin will go something like this. “Hey, if the Texans continue to lose, we’ll have the first pick in next year’s draft.”