Shoving blockers into the New Orleans Saints' backfield Monday night, veteran Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs pushed hard enough to topple quarterback Drew Brees.
It represented a milestone for the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, surpassing the 100-sack mark during the third quarter of the Ravens' 34-27 victory over the Saints. Suggs now has six sacks for the season and 100.5 sacks for his career.
"I feel like he's just beginning," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It'll be fun to see where he goes from here. Great football player, great leader. He's the guy that grabbed us up as a team this week. He pointed us in the right direction all week with what he said and how he practiced."
Drafted by the Ravens in the first round in 2003 out of Arizona State, Suggs is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and the Ravens' all-time leading pass rusher. Suggs is the 31st player in NFL history to record 100 sacks.
"Those are yellow-jacket type accolades," outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil...Read more
As he does after each game, Childs Walker recaps five major takeaways from the Ravens' 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
1. The Ravens showed who they are in a game they had to win.
When I say they showed who they are, I literally mean all their key strengths and their one gaping weakness were on display in a crucial victory on the road.
After 15 days off, the Ravens had to feel considerable urgency as they tried to keep pace with the six other AFC teams — three in their own division — that finished the weekend with seven wins. Even if they were facing a reeling Saints team, Drew Brees in the Superdome is never a pushover.
The Ravens answered the call with a showcase of their many strengths. Running back Justin Forsett continued his improbable season with a career-best 182 yards, balanced by quarterback Joe Flacco’s cleanest performance in weeks. The offensive line opened huge holes and mostly kept the Saints off Flacco. The defensive front sacked Brees four times....Read more
Ravens safety Will Hill's ears were practically ringing, and his pride was stung.
Throughout the week as Hill prepared to cover New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, he was constantly asked by the coaching staff if he was up to the task. That included inquiries from coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
"All of the coaches came up to me and asked me if I was up to the challenge to defend him," Hill said. "I was like, 'Are you serious?' I just accepted the challenge and told myself, 'This is Monday Night Football and you have a great chance to make a statement.' I'm always going to bet on myself. I just stepped up to the challenge.
"I'm not even going to lie to you, Harbs on down, even Kubiak said, 'You got the big guy this week, you sure you're ready?' I studied a lot of film on him and noticed his tendencies. A guy like Graham is real physical. He's a really big guy and he doesn't expect anybody to get up on him. A defensive back, he tries to bully. I think I...Read more
Terrence Brooks was in prime position to prevent Drew Brees' 26-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston at the end of the first half Monday night.
But the Ravens' rookie free safety didn't react quickly enough or aggressively enough to make a play on the ball. Although the Ravens still won the game, 34-27, Brooks was highly annoyed with himself in the Ravens' locker room afterward.
"I should have made the play," Brooks said while shaking his head in disgust. "I read the play perfectly and I was in position to get a pick. Obviously, I didn't come up with it. I just got to be more aggressive on the ball and have that confidence and play how I'm supposed to play. I feel like I'm kind of in a rut.
"I'm actually up and down with it right now. I don't know what it is, but we got to figure it out fast and play better. That was a play I definitely should have made. It just didn't happen. I'm disappointed in myself and how I'm playing right now. This up-and-down thing, it don't matter if I'm a...Read more
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to the Ravens' game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week 12.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: The Ravens manufactured an emotional 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night that they absolutely had to have to keep pace in the ultra-competitive AFC North division. Behind a strong running game led by Justin Forsett’s career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, an accurate Joe Flacco who didn’t throw an interception and was only sacked once and safety Will Hill provided a momentum-changing play with his interception return for a touchdown. The Ravens sacked Drew Brees four times, including a pair of sacks by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. They needed to muster every bit of pass rush to prevent Brees from breaking the game open. He still wound up completing 35 of 45 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Another plus for the Ravens was wide receivers Steve Smith and...Read more
The Ravens are now $4.287 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
That includes a subtraction of $1.411 million in salary-cap space that was held when indefinitely suspended former running back Ray Rice filed a grievance against the team citing wrongful termination of his $35 million contract. The salary-cap reduction remains in place until his grievance is resolved.
The Ravens are also facing $121,000 injury grievances from former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenberg and wide receiver Mike Willie. The Ravens recently settled a $121,000 injury settlement from former defensive tackle Levi Brown for $63,000.
The Ravens paid veteran cornerback Dominique Franks $33,529 in termination pay after he was released.
The Ravens created a net savings of $3.529 million in salary and cap space for this fiscal year when they terminated Rice's $35 million contract.
They also took on $4.755 million in dead money for this year and $9.5 million in dead money in 2015, reflecting the...Read more