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Monday, November 26, 2012
Upon Further Review: Ravens

By Jamison Hensley

Baltimore sacked Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers six times, which is the defense’s magic number. The Ravens have won the past 13 games in which they’ve sacked the quarterback at least six times.

Four of the sacks on Rivers came when the Ravens sent four or fewer pass-rushers. Blitzing less has been a trend since Terrell Suggs returned from an Achilles injury, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

In Baltimore’s first six games, all without Suggs, the Ravens sent four or fewer pass-rushers 60.4 percent of the time and allowed quarterbacks to average 8.7 yards per pass attempt. In the past five games, all with Suggs, the Ravens haven’t blitzed on 79.8 percent of pass plays and have limited quarterbacks to 6.0 yards per attempt.

On Sunday, Suggs recorded his first sack since Oct. 21 at Houston, his first game back from that Achilles injury.

"We knew y'all are used to seeing a certain style of defense from us, but with the injuries we've sustained, it's been hard,” Suggs told The Baltimore Sun. "It's been hard, but we're not satisfied by any means. We know we're going in the right direction."

STAT THAT STICKS: 82 -- Torrey Smith’s career-high yards after the catch Sunday, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He did most of his damage on short passes, making six catches on passes 10 yards or fewer downfield. In his first 10 games, he averaged two catches per game on those short passes.

OVERHEARD: “It’s one of the most amazing plays I’ve ever seen in a football game.” -- Suggs on Ray Rice’s conversion on fourth-and-29.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Ravens (9-2) play host to the Steelers (6-5), the last team to beat them at home.