November 17, 2019 / 9:13 PM / 25 days ago

Jackson outshines Watson as Ravens rout Texans

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Nov 17, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to throw during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson passed for four touchdowns and produced 308 total yards as the Baltimore Ravens turned a high-profile matchup with the Houston Texans into a rout, rolling to a 41-7 home victory on Sunday.

Following a ragged first quarter in which the Ravens (8-2) failed to score on their opening drive for just the second time this season, Jackson caught fire, engineering two long second-quarter scoring drives that provided Baltimore a 14-0 halftime lead en route to its sixth consecutive win.

Jackson capped a 10-play, 90-yard march with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 9:17 remaining in the first half to break the seal on a scoreless game. On their ensuing possession, the Ravens covered 70 yards in seven plays, with Jackson finding Mark Andrews for an 18-yard scoring strike at the 2:14 mark of the half.

The Texans (6-4) had previously squandered three trips into Baltimore territory in the first quarter before mounting a desperate march late in the first half, a foray that included a fourth-down conversion at the Houston 47. Deshaun Watson hit Kenny Stills for a 9-yard gain to keep the chains moving, but Ka’imi Fairbairn pushed his 43-yard field-goal attempt wide right just prior to the half.

Baltimore capitalized by marching 78 yards over six plays to open the second half, with Jackson tossing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ingram, the first of his two scoring grabs, that pushed the lead to 21-0.

The hyped showdown between Jackson and Watson, two leading Most Valuable Player candidates, never materialized. Watson fumbled on the Texans’ opening possession after a sack by Ravens linebacker Matt Judon. Watson later tossed an unsightly interception in the third quarter that yielded the second Justin Turner field goal of that period and a 27-0 Baltimore lead.

Watson passed for 169 yards and was sacked six times. Carlos Hyde scampered 41 yards for a score with 7:10 remaining in the game to help Houston avoid the shutout.

The Ravens’ top-ranked rushing offense produced 263 yards and 7.3 yards per attempt.

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