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Sunday, October 16, 2011
First half without Williams is OK for Texans

By Paul Kuharsky

BALTIMORE -- We asked this week if the Texans could come to M&T Bank Stadium minus Andre Johnson and Mario Williams and hang with the Ravens.

Through the first half, it’s a definite yes.

Though the Texans trail 10-7, they’re doing some very good things at this point.

The best: getting hits on quarterback Joe Flacco in their first game since losing Williams for the season with a pectoral injury. Tim Jamison has two sacks, including a strip sack and fumble recovery that set up Houston’s touchdown.

Jamison’s hardly been alone in the backfield. J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith (who gave the Ravens two first downs with penalties), Brian Cushing and others have been in on the action.

That's the encouraging news. On the other side, Houston’s not been a great adjusting team this season.

The Texans have been outscored 24-6 in the third quarter and 76-37 in the second half.