Polamalu, Suggs are game-plan nightmares

December, 30, 2011
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Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs are considered the top game plan nightmares, according to ESPN Insider's Insider KC Joyner.

Polamalu and Suggs were among the four players mentioned in the article, along with Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers.

Some might question the selection of Polamalu this year. He has one interception, well below his seven picks from last season, when he was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

As Joyner explains: "So far this year, Polamalu has been targeted for 33 passes on plays in which he was in direct coverage (meaning when he has primary coverage responsibility on the play rather than providing over the top help for another defender). Steelers' opponents have gained only 246 yards on those passes, or 7.5 yards per attempt (YPA)."

Suggs has had a career season with 13 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. Joyner points out that Suggs is equally strong rushing on the right and left sides, which is an undervalued skill among pass rushers.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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