Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
The injured Ravens were no match for the Texans on Sunday, as Houston cruised to a 43-13 win.
The Houston Texans torched the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 to claim the best record in the AFC.
The Houston Texans' defense hassled Joe Flacco all day, sacking Flacco for a safety and returning an interception for a touchdown. Flacco finished the game with only and the Texans' defense held Ray Rice to just 54 total yards - his lowest output of the year.
The Ravens led 3-2 throughout most of the first quarter, but that would prove to be their only lead of the game. Starting with wide receiver Kevin Walter's 25-yard touchdown reception to close out the first quarter, the Texans scored 27 unanswered points to take a 29-3 lead at halftime.
Flacco was never able to get much of anything going. He finally found the end zone in the third quarter when he connected with Tandon Doss on a 15-yard touchdown reception, but that would be his only highlight reel of the day. He threw two interceptions and was sacked four times by a Houston defense intent on making his life miserable.
The Houston defense ended up with quite the spectacular line -- two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), a safety and four sacks. Arian Foster didn't eclipse 100 yards, but he padded his fantasy line with a couple of touchdowns. Wide receiver Andre Johnson finished with a solid PPR line with 86 yards on nine catches. Tight end Owen Daniels added 59 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, anyone on the Ravens that made their way onto fantasy rosters this week will be a detriment to their owners. The Ravens defense is bound to incur some negative points after allowing 43 points. Flacco only finished the game with 147 passing yards, a touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble lost. Rice only got 52 total yards and Torrey Smith was limited to 41 yards on four receptions.
Odds/Gambling: The Texans were favored by 6.5 points going into the game and did more than enough to beat the spread. With an over/under sitting at 47.5, the Texans also single handedly surpassed that.
Next team on the schedule:
The Houston Texans have a bye week next week, and will face the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. The Ravens also have a week off to lick their wounds and will aim to get back on track against the Cleveland Browns in Week 9.
This story originally appeared on SB Nation.com.