Well the Ravens didn't fare very well in Houston. Were our 10 predictions any better?
1. Terrell Suggs will not play.
INCORRECT. Suggs targeted mid-October for his return from his springtime Achilles injury, which seemed wildly optimistic -- apparently to everyone but him. Suggs, who returned to practice just last week, was a factor right away at Houston, setting the edge against the run and registering a first-quarter sack. Suggs kept an uncharacteristically low profile throughout his injury rehab, declining interview requests until he was ready to play. But it's clear that he worked tremendously hard to get back on the field, and to play 44 snaps was remarkable.
2. Ray Rice will not get 20 carries.
CORRECT. Once again, the Ravens quickly abandoned the running game after falling behind. On the Ravens' first drive, Rice had three carries for 27 yards and the Ravens moved 45 yards for a field goal. On their next drive, they threw three straight incompletions and punted. Rice carried just six more times the rest of the way, finishing with nine carries for 42 yards, both season lows. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said, "We could have stayed with the run a little more patiently."
3. The Ravens will have a pass play of 30+ yards.
INCORRECT. The Ravens lead the league with 30 pass plays of 20 yards or more, but the deep ball was nowhere to be seen in Houston. Quarterback Joe Flacco misfired on one or two bombs, but facing the big Texans rush, Flacco opted for quick throws. Flacco averaged 7 yards a catch and had no completions longer than 13 yards.
4. Joe Flacco will be intercepted.
CORRECT. Flacco was intercepted twice, including one on a tipped pass by Johnathan Joseph that was returned for a touchdown. Flacco had thrown just one interception in 89 career passes against the Texans, but Joseph, who spent five seasons with the Bengals, has been Flacco's nemesis. Sunday's interception was his fourth pickoff of Flacco, the most by any player.
5. The Ravens will not score a first-quarter touchdown.
CORRECT. Another slow start helped set the table for a disastrous afternoon for the Ravens. They moved 45 yards on their opening drive, but it stalled and Justin Tucker hit a 51-yard field goal. On their only other two first-quarter possessions, the Ravens failed to record a first down, and one ended in a safety. The Ravens have now gone five straight games without a first-quarter touchdown.
6. Arian Foster will rush for 100 yards.
INCORRECT. Just missed this one. Had the game been closer, Foster surely would have topped the 100-yard mark, but he sat out the final drive with the Texans leading by 30. Foster finished with 19 carries for 98 yards.
7. Foster will have more touches than Rice.
CORRECT. Rice was a forgotten man in the Ravens attack, with only nine carries in the game, and only six after the Ravens' first possession. Rice did have five catches, for just 12 yards, for a total of 14 touches. Foster had 19 carries for 98 yards and one reception for 5 yards.
8. J.J. Watt will have a sack
INCORRECT. The Texans pass rush was as fearful as advertised, and they hammered Flacco throughout, with four sacks. But Watt did not record any of them. He came up huge in other ways, though, hitting Flacco and tipping a pass that was ultimately intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Johnathan Joseph.
9. The Texans will run on more than half their plays
INCORRECT. Not quite. The Texans found openings in the passing game, mainly with Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, who collectively had 16 receptions. Once they got the big lead, running the ball was pretty much a given, but the Texans finished with 37 rushes and 37 passes (and two sacks).
10. Texans 33, Ravens 24
KIND OF CORRECT. We predicted a Texans win, but not a Texas-sized beatdown. The Ravens again struggled to stop the run, had some issues in pass coverage and were out of sync offensively on the road. They got away with that in Kansas City. That didn't cut it in Houston.