Here are five quick observations about Houston's 43-13 victory over the Ravens Sunday:
1. The best news was Terrell Suggs. How he returned from surgery (Achilles) and not only made it back to the field but was a force at times is amazing. He played about 31 plays and got one sack early, nearly added a second, and helped the defense make the few plays it did. And now the bye week comes at the right time for him.
2. The defense again couldn't stop the run. After giving up over 200 yards and winning the last two weeks, they gave up 181 yards on the ground as the Texans moved the ball with ease following the first two drives where they got nothing. If this continues, the Ravens are going to have to wind up winning games where they simply out-score the other team, and that's not an easy task.
3. Joe Flacco was off his game. He completed just 21 of 43 for 147 yards and threw an interception that Johnathan Joseph returned for a 51-yard touchdown at the start of the second quarter. That was the team's second TD in 39 seconds, gave the Texans a 16-3 lead and broke the game open. But to be fair, he had players and hands in his face all day long. The Texans kept tipping and deflecting passes and making Flacco's life miserable.
4. The safety Houston got in the first period seemed to awaken the team for some reason. The Texans followed with the two touchdowns in 39 seconds to quickly take command as the Ravens gave one of their worst performances under John Harbaugh.
5. Ray Rice again didn't get the ball too much. The Ravens did have to throw more because they fell behind, but Rice ran the ball only nine times. That's puzzling again especially because of how dangerous he can be with the ball. Hopefully that will change.