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Final Verdict: Sunday's matchup between the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens was billed as a heavyweight fight, a smashmouth battle between two playoff teams from a year ago.
Well, someone got smashed all right.
No Ray Rice? No problem for the Ravens.
No touchdown passes from quarterback Joe Flacco? No problem for the Ravens.
Baltimore found the end zone on defense and in the return game, and the Ravens walloped Houston 30-9 to move to 2-1 on the season.
ESPN: Texans (9-4)
CBS Sports: Ravens (5-3)
Fox Sports: Ravens (3-2)
USA Today: Texans (6-1)
Bleacher Report: Tied (6-6)
Overall: Texans (26-19)
Well it's about time. All that agreement was getting tiresome.
One of Week 3's biggest matchups pits the Houston Texans against the Baltimore Ravens, two playoff teams from a year ago (including the defending NFL champs).
The biggest subplot of this game is likely the absence of running back Ray Rice from a Baltimore offense already hurting for playmakers.
As Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports, Rice is doubtful for the game with an injured hip, so it will fall to second-year pro Bernard Pierce to carry the mail on the ground.
Each team has plenty of supporters among our experts, including an even split among the writers here at Bleacher Report.
NFL National Lead Writer Michael Schottey likes the Ravens at home:
At home, against a Texans team that has played down to their competition this season, the Ravens can win by controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. They will force Matt Schaub into mistakes.
However, AFC East Lead Writer Erik Frenz threw his support behind Houston:
The Ravens ran into a tough defense in the Browns, but they'll have an even tougher challenge against the Texans' vaunted defense this week. The difference here is the fact that the Texans have an offense that can move the ball much better than Cleveland.