The Baltimore Ravens picked up touchdowns from their defense, special teams and on the ground en route to picking up their second straight win with a 30-9 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The Ravens (2-1) led 17-9 at halftime despite generating only 65 yards on offense while committing 77 yards worth on penalties. Trailing 6-0, linebacker Darryl Smith jumped a short Matt Schaub pass over the middle and returned the interception 37 yards for a touchdown with 2:39 remaining in the second quarter.
After Baltimore's defense stopped the Texans on their next possession, Tandon Doss returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown, narrowly avoiding stepping out of bounds while racing down the right sideline.
The Ravens played without injured running back Ray Rice (hip). Backup Bernard Pierce started and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run early in the third, extending the Ravens lead to 24-9.
Justin Tucker converted all three of his field goal attempts for the Ravens, who hold a 6-1 all-time series lead over Houston.
The Texans (2-1) dominated time of possession in the first half, but settled for two field goals and only entered Ravens' territory on one second half drive. Schaub finished 25 of 35 for 194 yards and one interception. Arian Foster had 54 yards on 12 carries.
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 36 yards before leaving in the second half with an apparent leg injury.
The Ravens have not allowed a touchdown in consecutive games after surrendering 49 points at Denver in their season opener.
Before touchdowns by the Ravens defense and special teams, penalties and kickers dominated the first half. The teams combined for 15 penalties for 143 yards in the first half before the crowd of 71,168.
Texans kicker Randy Bullock opened the scoring with 23 and 29-yard field goals. His 47-yarder on the final play of the first half cut Baltimore's lead to eight.
Tucker's 28-yard field goal capped a second quarter drive helped along by three defensive penalties. He tacked on field goals of 45 and 43 yards in the fourth quarter.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco completed 16 of 24 passes for 171 yards.
Ed Reed, longtime leader of the Ravens defense along with Ray Lewis, made his debut and first start at safety for the Texans.
Notes: The Ravens honored Lewis at halftime, enshrining the retired linebacker and 13-time Pro Bowler into the team's Ring of Honor. ...Torrey Smith led the Ravens with five receptions for 92 yards while Pierce gained 65 yards on 24 carries...Houston played without Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown. ... The Texans held possession for 12:15 of the first quarter. ... Reed missed Houston's first two games while recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery in April. ...The Texans return home to host Seattle in Week 4. Baltimore begins a two-game road swing Sunday at Buffalo