Twelve games down. Four to go. Yes, we are at another quarter pole, so let's dig into the third quarter snap counts to see which trends have developed when it comes to playing time. These numbers, which come courtesy of the NFL, are pretty interesting due to the return of Terrell Suggs and injuries to other key Ravens players.
The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year didn't return, heading to the locker room for further examination during the final minutes of the Ravens' 23-20 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.
Overpowering offensive tackles, Kruger has generated four sacks over the past three games heading into Sunday's AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following a slow start to the season, Kruger has emerged as the Ravens' top pass rusher while being utilized primarily as a situational player on third downs.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Ray Lewis is recovering so well from his torn right triceps he could be back on the field as early as the Ravens' Dec. 16 game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Unlike last year when Philip Rivers seemingly had an eternity to stand in the pocket and shred the defense in a decisive win over Baltimore, the Ravens sacked him six times Sunday afternoon during a dramatic 16-13 overtime victory at Qualcomm Stadium.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down gravy and slack off at the start of your workday.
Jarret Johnson was equally significant to the Ravens throughout much of the last decade. Drafted in the fourth round out of Alabama in 2003, Johnson, 31, started every game for the organization in his last four seasons, and his streak of 129 consecutive games played was the longest in team history.
After manhandling a soft Raiders front seven, the Ravens' line will be tested by the Steelers' OLB tandem of James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Their extensive repertoire of pass-rushing moves is formidable
Taking advantage of the absence of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the unit harassed replacement Byron Leftwich, knocked out running back Isaac Redman (concussion) and kept speedy wide receivers Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in check to propel the Ravens to a 13-10 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday night.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
In Sunday's 55-20 blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Baltimore Ravens defenders channeled their inner Dikembe Mutombo, swatting down six of quarterback Carson Palmer's passes to the turf. All that was missing was the finger-wagging.
Now that the Ravens have officially finished up the first half of their schedule, let's take a look at the snap counts for their players over the first eight games of the season -- and since we last checked on these totals a month ago -- to see which new trends are developing. These official snap counts come courtesy of the NFL.