Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had arguably his best game of the season against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. The Ravens will need another phenomenal performance out of the 29-year-old if they want to clinch a playoff berth.
Ngata recorded a season-high five total tackles, a quarterback hit and defended a pass that resulted in an interception against the Lions. Even though not all of his contributions show up on the stat sheet, there’s no question Ngata was an uncontrollable force for Detroit.
Baltimore will need a similar performance out of the eight-year player if they want to keep pace with the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North, as well as, the other teams in the AFC for a Wild Card spot. Obviously, several players must step up, but Ngata could easily be a difference maker against a New England Patriots team that has surrendered 37 sacks and struggled to run the ball up the middle at times this season.
The Ravens are excited to see Ngata motivated to play at a high level, which in turn jacks up the other players around him.
“Haloti certainly is healthier than he has ever been in December,” head coach John Harbaugh said, according to the team’s website. “He’s played in a pretty dominating fashion the last number of games, so it’s been good to see.”
The fact that Ngata is playing some of his best football of the season, maybe even in a few years, gives Baltimore all the more reason to win and get into the playoffs.