October 21, 2012
The Pro Bowl outside linebacker and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year was stymied against Browns Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Joe Thomas, producing no sacks and hardly any pressure at all. He tried flopping to the other side to try to rush the passer against rookie tackle Mitch Schwartz, but that didn't work either.
Suggs is boosting the run defense clearly, but has just one sack since returning after recording a career-high 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season. Until he builds his stamina and regains some of his fast-twitch explosiveness, it may be difficult for Suggs to be an effective pass rusher and probably impossible for him to regain his old dominance.
The Raiders have only allowed 14 sacks this season, so this isn't an easy matchup.