The Baltimore Ravens came away with an extremely convincing win over the Houston Texans in their Week 3 showdown. On a day where Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were both back in M&T Bank Stadium, the current Ravens defense proved they were just fine without them.
Baltimore's defense was exceptional and led the way to victory by keeping the Texans out of the end zone. For the second consecutive game, the Ravens held their opposition scoreless in the second half as Baltimore pulled away in what became a rout.
What follows is an evaluation of every Raven that played on offense, defense or special teams (only the specialists) against Houston, complete with a letter grade for each one. The grades represent the following levels of performance:
B: Above average
D: Below average
F: Terrible game
The statistical output of the player was a factor for the grades, but they are also affected by how well they played on each snap.
For example, Marcus Spears didn't accumulate eye-popping statistics, but when you watch the tape you see that he was consistently beating blocks, putting pressure on Matt Schaub and altering running lanes for Arian Foster and Ben Tate.