By Edward Lee
3:58 PM EST, December 7, 2011
The Indianapolis Colts enter Sunday’s game against the Ravens as the only team still searching for its first win of the season. But that doesn’t mean that the home team is taking this week easy.
The last time the Ravens met a winless opponent this late in the season, the 0-13 Miami Dolphins pulled off a stunning upset when wide receiver Greg Camarillo turned a short catch into a 64-yard touchdown in a 22-16 overtime win Dec. 16, 2007.
That memory still resonates with a few players from that Ravens squad and fuels the current team for Sunday’s game.
“To be honest with you, yeah, because I lost to a 0-for team,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said of being fearful of a winless opponent. “I think it was back in '07. It was actually the Miami Dolphins in overtime. A little slant route got us. But this is the NFL and they’re professionals, and we’re expecting them to light up and come up in here and play. They’re just as big a threat to us as if we were playing anybody else.”
That loss to Miami eventually led to a 5-11 finish – the second-worst record in franchise history – and ushered in a change at head coach as Brian Billick was replaced by John Harbaugh.
Free safety Ed Reed said the Dolphins were just the better team that day.
“They came out and played,” he recalled. I don’t think we took them lightly. We never really take a team lightly. This game is different. We’re a different team, different circumstances, different things are on the line. I know Indy’s definitely a team that always plays us tough. We’ve never beaten them. [Colts wide receiver] Reggie [Wayne] is my brother [Reed and Wayne played at Miami together], so I know they’re preparing, and I know they’re going to play hard. I know that it’s not going to be anything less than trying to come out and get a win.”
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