Before Suggs exploited the Miami Dolphins' struggling offensive line with three sacks in the fourth quarter of a 26-23 win at Sun Life Stadium, he took notice of words of encouragement from his wife, Candace, and linebackers coach Ted Monachino.
"Ted Monachino said to me on the sideline, 'No. 55, it's time for you to make a play,'" Suggs said. "And I went out and did so. And then my wife, she told me to, 'Bring mama home three sacks. It was the fourth quarter and I was like, 'All right, it's time to get going. Mama said she wanted three, so I'm going to get three."
Suggs steamrolled past the Dolphins' blockers, combining power and speed to bolt past offensive tackle Jonathan Martin twice to sack quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Another time, Suggs bulled through the middle for a sack against a Miami offensive line that allowed six sacks Sunday and leads the NFL with 24 sacks surrendered this season.
"Terrell Suggs was just off the scale," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
One year after being hampered by a partially torn Achilles tendon and a torn biceps, Suggs now has seven sacks in five games with at least one sack per game. That ties a franchise record for most consecutive games with at least a half-sack as he matched previous performances by Paul Kruger in 2012 and Adalius Thomas in 2005 and 2006.
"Man, he's a beast," strong safety James Ihedigbo said. "I told him, '... I'm glad you're on my team. That's Defensive Player of the Year Suggs right there. Three sacks in one quarter, you got to be kidding me."
Suggs is significantly lighter and quicker than he was a year ago when it proved difficult for him to get into optimal condition due to his injuries as he finished the season with a career-low 22 tackles and two sacks.
"Terrell Suggs has been Terrell Suggs for the longest time," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "He's always been that guy to get to the quarterback and change the game the way he does. That makes our job easier."
Thin at receiver
The Ravens were unusually light on wide receivers Sunday due to several injuries.
With starting wide receiver Marlon Brown out with a strained hamstring that didn't respond well during warm-ups and Jacoby Jones missing his fourth game in a row with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the Ravens had just three active wide receivers. The Ravens cut veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley on Saturday after he had a setback Friday with his hip flexor.
"The guys came through," Harbaugh said.
Smith caught six passes for 121 yards with Doss contributing three catches for 58 yards, including a 40-yard reception and Thompson playing one week after suffering a concussion.
"I couldn't be more proud," Smith said. "Tandon, [Thompson] and myself fought. We knew going in there we would be shorthanded. We were going to need to make some plays regardless of how many reps we had to be in at receiver."
Dickson bounces back
Prone to drops and a frequent target for criticism during the first four games, tight end Ed Dickson finally had a productive outing.
Entering Sunday's game with six dropped passes and only three catches, Dickson caught both passes thrown in his direction. That included a 43-yard reception for the Ravens' longest offensive play.
"Ed Dickson played very well," Harbaugh said. "He made a huge play in the crossing route. I'm proud of Ed Dickson."