A look at looming hurdles as Suggs chases Boulware

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs recorded his third three-sack game of the season in Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts. With 13 sacks in 13 games, Suggs has already passed his previous single-season high of 12, which was set back in 2003, his rookie year. Peter Boulware’s franchise record is just out of his grasp.

Boulware brought down the quarterback 15 times in 2001, a single-season record that is in serious jeopardy a decade later. With the way Suggs has been playing this season -- and these past three weeks in particular -- it looks as if he will likely overtake Boulware at some point in the final three games of the regular season.

Here’s a quick look at the opposition as Suggs chases down the Ravens’ single-season sack record:

Week 15 -- at the San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have allowed 30 sacks, which is 16th-most in the NFL. But in their past two games, the Chargers haven’t surrendered a single sack. Perhaps coincidentally, that stretch comes after the team signed former Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither, who started in those two games. Suggs loves the spotlight, and this one will be played Sunday night, so he should be buzzing around Philip Rivers.

Week 16 -- versus the Cleveland Browns: The Browns have given up 33 sacks, which is 11th-most in the NFL. Suggs picked up one of those sacks in Baltimore’s win in Cleveland in Week 13. If Colt McCoy is out of this one with a concussion, Seneca Wallace will likely start. He can’t throw, but he’s a tough guy to run down.

Week 17 -- at the Cincinnati Bengals:  The Bengals are one of the league’s best teams at protecting the QB, having allowed just 21 sacks this season (tied for 29th-most). Suggs was shut out by the Bengals in Week 11, and he has 6.5 in 10 career games against them. This is a tough matchup, but he will have a lot to play for.

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