Terrell Suggs has shown time and time again that he’s not just a one-trick pony like his counterpart Elvis Dumervil. The 31-year-old did something last week against the Minnesota Vikings that a lot of people around the game forget he is capable of: setting the edge and stopping the run.
Suggs has become so synonymous with the strip-sack play that it almost goes unnoticed when he’s making plays in defending the ground game. Since Dumervil is essentially a better version of Paul Kruger — a pass-rusher who struggles in defending the run — Courtney Upshaw has seen more time at outside linebacker in early or running downs. Suggs has been the stable fixture on the opposite side because John Harbaugh knows he is more than capable of shouldering that workload.
However, even though Suggs has shown he is more than just a guy who can get after the passer, he must return to form as must the rest of the front seven in Baltimore. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are coming, and Matt Elam certainly fueled their fire with his statements about Megatron.
The Detroit Lions will throw the football; that is a fact. What remains to be seen is whether or not the Ravens will deem it ineffective or if the Lions will have a field day. Suggs is an X-factor to keep an eye on as Stafford’s side-arm and three-quarter delivery gives defenders trouble when they try to bat the football down. Just when they think it’s going over the top, Stafford uses his unorthodox approach to get his offense moving down the field.
Regardless of what happens Monday night, the Ravens will need someone to get at least one sack to end this streak. Suggs is the best candidate for the task.