John Harbaugh and the Ravens prepare for the Patriots
Terrell Suggs is in the midst of the longest sack drought of his career, but he and the Ravens have downplayed that as the wins have piled up late in the season.
Suggs, who registered nine sacks in the first eight games, has not had any sacks in the past six, matching the longest sackless stretch of his career. He also went six games without a sack in 2006.
As the Ravens began preparing for a critical game Sunday against the Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium, Suggs said on Wednesday said that he thinks about the sack drought "a lot, but in those six games we’re 5-1. It’s definitely in the back of my mind, but I can’t let that be my No. 1 focus. As long as we’re winning, I’ll accept that."
"The postseason is more important than statistics," he added. "Even though I do want them, I’m still out there working, chasing and getting after them. That’s all I can do – continue to work.”
It's not that Suggs isn't making his presence felt. According to Pro Football Focus, Suggs has averaged more than three quarterback hurries a game during the six-game stretch. Over the first eight games, he averaged about two a game. PFF credits Suggs with 13 quarterback hits this year, though none in the past two games.
"Every team is going to look at Terrell Suggs, and they’re going to do everything they can to make sure that he doesn’t destroy their passing game, because he is capable of doing that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I’m sure the Patriots will look at him the same way. That, combined with some of the weather games that we’ve played in that stretch, have probably been the two things that have combined for that. But he’s gotten pressure on the quarterback, he’s forced the ball to come out quickly, and those are all things that count, too.”
The Patriots could be without left tackle Nate Solder, who sustained a concussion against Miami. Solder was limited in practice on Thursday, and his status for Sunday is up in the air. If he can't play, guard Logan Mankins moves to tackle, but the Patriots line takes a hit.
Suggs has seen plenty of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the years. He has three sacks in seven career games against the Patriots and the Ravens need them to get acquainted again on Sunday.