The Ravens' run defense continued a strong start to the season as well as redeeming itself in the process.
Baltimore limited Texans running back Arian Foster to 49 yards rushing on 15 carries. He just happened to be the last running back to gain 100 yards on the Ravens. Ray Lewis and teammates have not allowed another to do so for the past 10 games (including playoffs).
"We have a very good tackling team," Lewis said. "We don't let one person just make the tackle. We like seeing people get to the football."
The Ravens' run defense has faced four running backs who ranked in the top 8 in the NFL last season and hasn't given up more than 53 yards to any of them: Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall (45 yards), Tennessee's Chris Johnson (53), St. Louis' Steven Jackson (23) and Houston's Foster (49).
Baltimore isn't just shutting down running backs. The defense is frustrating them.
"I played terrible," Foster said after the game. "I didn't play a good game. It was obvious. That will never happen again. I played a bad game."
STAT THAT STICKS: 25 -- Number of games with 100-plus total yards from scrimmage for Ray Rice since 2009, the most in the NFL. Johnson is second with 22.
HONOR ROLL: Lewis' sack on the opening drive added to his future Hall of Fame résumé. He became the first player in NFL history to record 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career. Lewis has 40.5 sacks and 31 interceptions.
OVERHEARD: “I saw nerves. I think that’s an old-fashioned word for poise. I saw nerves of steel. When you have a team that knows how to win, and I think our team knows how to win, they find a way [in] a really tough game against a good team.” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on his team scoring the final 16 points to finish off the Texans.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Ravens (4-1), winners of three straight, head down to play the Jaguars (1-5), losers of five straight, on "Monday Night Football."