Fresh off of a three-sack, three-forced fumble outing against the Indianapolis Colts, Terrell Suggs was reminded of the fleeting nature of momentum.
The Ravens outside linebacker was shut out by the San Diego Chargers in their 34-14 rout of the Ravens at Snapdragon Stadium. Suggs had a quiet two-tackle evening that was exacerbated by an unnecessary roughness call for slapping the helmet of tight end Randy McMichael and an offsides penalty.
The performance snapped a streak of seven sacks in Suggs' previous three games. Overall, the entire defense finished without a sack for only the second time this season.
But San Diego was especially effective against Suggs, often employing McMichael as an extra blocker wherever Suggs lined up. It was a strategy that flustered the four-time Pro Bowler.
“I was really looking forward to one-on-one matchups with their tackles, but then again, would you leave me one-on-one with your tackles?” he asked rhetorically. “I was really looking forward to the matchup with Gaith [former Raven and current Chargers left tackle Jared Gaither], but [coach] Norv Turner, he felt they needed some chip help. We’re going to plan accordingly. I knew they were going to give me some attention, but I was really looking to a lot of one-on-ones, but I didn’t get them. But that’s my fault. I’ve got to adjust to the plan accordingly and not let it affect my game. But when we did get there, he [quarterback Philip Rivers] got the ball out. He’s a veteran quarterback, he’s a great quarterback. So like I said, I hope we get another chance to see him.”