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.”