Allowing 420 yards and 27 first downs during a 43-13 defeat to the
Not having Lewis' familiar emotional presence in the middle of the Ravens' defense felt odd to his teammates.
"It's strange," said inside linebacker
Winning for the first time against the Ravens after six consecutive previous losses, including an
The defensive line generated little pressure.
The primary bright spot defensively was Pro Bowl outside linebacker
"Hell, yeah, it's embarrassing," said Ellerbe, who had no tackles for losses. "We got to see what we did wrong. We got to dissect it and use it to get better."
Schaub emphasized throwing to Pro Bowl wide receiver
"Andre is a great player," said cornerback
With Lewis on injured reserve/designated to return with a torn right triceps tendon that was surgically repaired last week and Webb out for the season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, the Ravens plugged in Ellerbe as a starter at Will or weakside inside linebacker and
When asked if there was an adjustment period for the Ravens' defense without Lewis and Webb, Williams replied: "I don't think so. I think we have the guys in this locker room to get the job done. We just didn't
play the way we needed to. It didn't go well for us. We just have to go back to the drawing board. The season is long, it's just one loss. We have to work on technique things. Once we get that done, the sky's the limit. It's a frustrating loss, especially with it being a lot of points. We have to come together as a team, as a defense and figure out what's going on."
The Texans converted 8 of 15 third downs and averaged 5.5 yards per offensive play.
They built a time of possession edge of 38:16 to 21:44.
Ellerbe said it's not fair to attribute the problems to Webb and Lewis' injuries.
"I would say it's [unfair]," Ellerbe said. "We've been giving up yards all year. It's something that I feel like it's going to click in a game now. We just have to keep working. We have to take a long look in the mirror this week and get things corrected from this game."
Added free safety
is a possibility coming back. We have to move on like we have and know that those guys will be back around here and motivating and encouraging."
The Texans went after Smith, too.
The former first-round cornerback was susceptible to double-moves as
"They double-moved me quite a few times," Smith said. "Anytime they got separation, it was a double-move"
Smith said the loss stung his pride.
"It's beyond embarrassing," he said. "I'm embarrassed of course. Our team is embarrassed. We got to chalk it up and go back to the drawing board. I 100 percent believe in our team. Just because we laid an egg doesn't mean we're going to lose the next time. We're still the Baltimore Ravens."
Texans star running back
He reversed field once for an 8-yard run,, starting out to his right and running away from
"It's about playing better as a defense, we're not doing our job right now," nose guard
and they squirted out a few times. I would love to play those guys again."