As the Ravens were beating the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, the chances for a strong finish in 2016 were starting to diminish with each offensive lineman who was heading to the bench with an injury.
Some sportswriters name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to try and complete a season sweep over the Steelers.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh met briefly with the Baltimore media yesterday and reiterated several things he said last week, including that the Ravens remain in the market for a tight end, quarterback and cornerback.
The Ravens and New England Patriots have been on a collision course since last January, when the Ravens got revenge against their conference rivals en route to the Super Bowl. High-stakes games have defined this budding rivalry.
Suggs' understated and reluctant sessions with the media have been season-long occurrences for a player who used to fill reporter's notebooks and willingly provide bulletin board material for the opposition. However, his relative silence on the field has been a much more recent trend.
With a formidable pair of edge rushers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and a handful of other pass rushers, the Baltimore Ravens appear to have what it takes to harass quarterbacks. But time won't be on their side Thursday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.