The Baltimore Ravens' first game without its leader (Ray Lewis) and best cornerback (Lardarius Webb) was a rough one. Their 43-13 loss at the Houston Texans marked the largest margin of defeat for Baltimore in coach John Harbaugh's five seasons, a span of 80 games.
This was only the second time that the Ravens have lost by more than 20 points in the Harbaugh era. Baltimore lost by 28 points (31-3) at Indianapolis on Oct. 12, 2008. That was Joe Flacco's fifth career game.
Baltimore hadn't lost by 30 or more points since Nov. 5, 2007, when the Ravens fell at Pittsburgh. The 43 points were the most allowed by the Ravens since they gave up 44 points to the Colts on Dec. 9, 2007. Not coincidentally, that game the Ravens were also hit hard by injuries. Baltimore was without both starting cornerbacks (Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle) for that game.
This isn't exactly the way the Ravens (5-2) wanted to head into their bye week.