Texans find rhythm, big lead in first half

HOUSTON -- Over the past two weeks, the Texans' offense developed rhythm problems.

Houston was disjointed in the Monday night win over the Jets. It got nothing going in the Sunday night blowout loss to the Packers.

But halfway through what ranks as the biggest game of the season so far in the AFC, the Texans are tapping their feet and feeling the beat.

Leading 29-3, they’ve seized absolute control of the Baltimore Ravens in a game that will determine who the conference’s lone 6-1 team will be at the end of the day.

Quarterback Matt Schaub’s done nice work picking apart a secondary that’s missing cornerback Lardarius Webb and hasn’t yet adjusted to life without its top coverage guy.

The Texans looked shaky on their first two series, as Schaub threw to running back Arian Foster on third down each time. Foster dropped the first and couldn’t corral the second.

But things smoothed out from there and Schaub has regularly found Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels.

They’ve combined for 14 catches and 125 yards, with Daniels pulling in a 1-yard play-action touchdown.

The defense chipped in with a sack for a safety by rookie Whitney Mercilus and a 52-yard interception return by Johnathan Joseph, who picked off a Joe Flacco pass tipped by J.J. Watt.