One day after Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' controversial tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount, coach John Harbaugh defended the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" is the gold standard of NFL television, no doubt about it. But last night's telecast of the Ravens 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was not one of the network's greatest performances.
In a 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to have a second 500-yard passing day. The Ravens' best cornerback, Jimmy Smith, won't play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This week's stats, pertaining to Sunday night's primetime showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, focus on how the Ravens are going to stop the Steelers, and whether the Ravens will be able to match them offensively.
The Ravens sacked Matt Ryan five times, including a safety by Terrell Suggs, and held the Atlanta Falcons off the scoreboard until about midway through the fourth quarter in a 29-7 victory in front of an announced 71,184 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Five sacks against a struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers team doesn't mean the pass rush is all of a sudden a strength. But the team has gotten impact performances from the pass rushes even without the sacks.
As the Ravens prepared for Sunday's game against the Colts (2-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium, they had plenty to worry about. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, orchestrates the NFL's top-ranked offense and has convinced many that he's on his way to becoming the league's top quarterback.
Pernell McPhee has never operated in the spotlight on the Ravens defense, but the fourth-year outside linebacker has carved out an effective place in the rotation by both feeding on those who hog the attention, and at times, taking it away from them.
When Terrell Suggs lifted himself off of Newton on the final play of the Panthers¿ first drive last Sunday, he thought his frustrating streak without a sack was finally over. He even did a little dance.
Four players were sidelined at practice today for the Ravens. The list includes offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week and is expected to miss roughly a month.
Meanwhile, the Ravens scratched cornerback Lardarius Webb. Webb only played four snaps agains the Clevleand Browns in his first game of the season before being pulled. He was ineffective and immobile against the Browns.