The battle of the only two teams in the AFC Conference with a winning record turned into a rout in favour of the Texans, who had seen their perfect record disappear the previous Monday at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.
Their fans may have been a little concerned when they fell behind early on against the Ravens, Justin Tucker breaking the deadlock with a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter.
However Houston's defense proved the 42-24 loss to the Packers was just a blip, starting with Connor Barwin tackling Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco in the end zone for a safety.
It was the start of a miserable afternoon for Flacco, who threw for just 147 yards and was picked off twice. Johnathan Joseph returned the first interception 52 yards to the end zone, the ball breaking to the cornerback after being deflected off the fingertips of J.J. Watt.
Before then Matt Schaub had found Kevin Walter in the end zone and when the Texans quarterback hooked up on a one-yard scoring play with tight end Owen Daniels with just over five minutes to play in the first half, the home team found themselves 23-3 in front.
A pair of Shayne Graham field goals padded out their lead even further and although Baltimore did score on a 15-yard pass from Flacco to Tandon Doss at the start of the second half, there was never any danger of Houston letting slip their sizeable advantage.
Arian Foster, who finished with 98 yards on 19 carries, twice managed to get touchdowns on short runs to help the Texans record their first ever win over the Broncos in emphatic fashion.
The only crumb of comfort for Baltimore - who are without linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb for the rest of the season - was the return of Terrell Suggs from injury. The 2011 defensive player of the year had a sack and three tackles in his first action since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon last May.