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Led by Suggs, Ravens' pass rush was sizzling

Unlike in the Monday night near-loss to the Texans, the Ravens defense was energized and intimidating as the team clung to a lead in the fourth quarter. Led by Terrell Suggs, the Ravens were all over Drew Brees as he unsuccessfully attempted to lead the Saints on a late comeback. They only had three sacks to show for it, but the aggressive Ravens were after Brees all game.

"We definitely didn't want Drew Brees to get comfortable," said Suggs, who admitted that getting rest was the Ravens' top priority during the week. "Brees is one of the premier quarterbacks in this league."

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Brees still got his -- 267 passing yards and three touchdown tosses -- but the Ravens were successful in getting the Super Bowl MVP out of his comfort zone. The Ravens hit him hard and forced him to fumble twice. They sent him scrambling out of the pocket a few times. And he rushed throws on several occasions.

Jarret Johnson, Haloti Ngata, Dannell Ellerbe and others deserve props, too, but how about Suggs, who picked up another sack? It was his third straight game with a sack, and he has 7.5 since the bye week. One more sack and he'll tie his career-high total (12). Aren't you glad he cut out the cookies?

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After the game, Suggs said he would rather the Ravens earn a first-round bye and the AFC North title than be named to the Pro Bowl. But even if they don't win the division, Suggs said that anything is possible if the Ravens continue to pick up steam down the stretch.

"The 2007 Giants got on a roll, and then they beat an unbeatable team," Suggs said. "We definitely want this momentum going into the playoffs."

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