AFC North: Terrell Suggs

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Elvis Dumervil, LB, fourth Pro Bowl selection: His 17 sacks set a Ravens single-season record and ranks third in the NFL. Only Kansas City's Justin Houston (18 sacks) and Houston's J.J. Watt (17.5) have more. He also has seven multisack performances in 2014, bringing his career total to 29, which is tied with DeMarcus Ware for the league’s second-most since 2006.

Who he beat out: Washington Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan didn't make the cut despite ranking fifth with 13.5 sacks.

C.J. Mosley, LB, first Pro Bowl selection: The first Ravens rookie to make the Pro Bowl, Mosley is the NFL’s only player with at least 115 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions this season. His 122 tackles rank seventh in the league and first among rookies. He is considered the favorite to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and would become the first Ravens player to earn that honor since Terrell Suggs in 2003.

Who he beat out: Tampa Bay's Lavonte David ranks second in the NFL with 141 tackles and has forced three fumbles.

Marshal Yanda, G, fourth Pro Bowl selection: He's the highest-ranked offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus. Yanda is a mauling run-blocker and solid pass protector, giving up one sack this season. With Yanda, the Ravens have allowed 18 sacks (second fewest in the NFL) and have averaged 126 yards rushing per game (seventh most in the NFL).

Who he beat out: He's arguably the best lineman in football, so technically he beat out everyone. But Cleveland Browns rookie Joel Bitonio got snubbed after receiving the second-highest grade for a guard.


Justin Forsett, RB: His career season should've been recognized with a Pro Bowl invitation. Forsett ranks first in yards per carry (5.3) and sixth in the NFL in rushing with 1,147 yards. His 14 runs of 20 yards or longer is tied with DeMarco Murray for most in the NFL.

Who he should have beaten out: Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy averages fewer yards per carry (4.1) than Forsett and has scored three fewer touchdowns than him.

Sam Koch, P: He ranks first in the NFL in net average (43.5) and second in gross average (47.4). Koch has also placed 48 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line, which is fifth-best in the league. That should've been enough to earn him his first Pro Bowl selection.

Who he should have beaten out: Cincinnati's Kevin Huber ranks behind Koch in both average and net average. Huber has three more punts inside the 20-yard line but he has 16 more punts than Koch.

Terrell Suggs, LB: The six-time Pro Bowl player is still among the top all-around linebackers in the game. Suggs is one of seven players with 50-plus tackles and at least 11 sacks.

Who he should have beaten out: Kansas City's Tamba Hali has totaled six sacks (five fewer than Suggs) and 57 tackles (one fewer than Suggs). Suggs is also the highest-ranked run-stopper at outside linebacker by Pro Football Focus, and Hali is No. 28.
BALTIMORE -- Nobody talked about the last time the Baltimore Ravens played at M&T Bank Stadium. Even when the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars were one touchdown drive away from a stunning upset Sunday, the Ravens refused to bring up on the sideline about how the defense lost the San Diego game in the final minutes two weeks ago.

"It's kind of like Voldemort, the name we do not mention," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said, alluding to the "Harry Potter" villain. "It's kind of like an unspoken understanding. We're going to put it away, and we did it. Good teams don't make the same mistake twice."

What everyone will be talking about from this ugly and sloppy 20-12 win over the Jaguars is how invaluable their pass rush has become. They improved to 9-5 and moved into the No. 6 seed in the AFC because they sacked rookie quarterback Blake Bortles eight times, one shy of the franchise record. And they remain a half game behind of the first-place Cincinnati Bengals because they nearly recorded as many sacks (four) as completions allowed (five) in the fourth quarter.

The difference between the Ravens collapsing to the Chargers and putting away the Jaguars was the pressure put on the quarterback. The Ravens couldn't get to Philip Rivers late, which allowed their beaten-up secondary to get exposed. When they took turns in throwing Bortles to the ground Sunday, the Jaguars never got within 35 yards of the end zone in the final quarter.

Some will say the Ravens aren't a playoff team after their mistake-filled performance against the two-win Jaguars. The real statement made was how their pass rush can carry the team.

The Ravens' consistent running game faltered. Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, missed twice. Another cornerback, Asa Jackson, could be lost for the season.

Still, the Ravens took another step toward earning a playoff spot for the sixth time in seven seasons. Five players recorded at least one sack for the Ravens: Suggs (2.5 sacks), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (2), linebacker Pernell McPhee (1.5), linebacker Elvis Dumervil (1) and linebacker C.J. Mosley (1).

The Jaguars did everything they could to steal this win, from an onside kick to a fake punt. The Ravens defense just never allowed Jacksonville to capitalize, holding an opponent out of the end zone for the second time this season on the strength of the relentless pressure. The Ravens delivered 15 hits on Bortles, an average of one every three dropbacks.

The challenge of trying to slow down the Ravens' rush is where to begin. Suggs and Dumervil are charging off the edge. Jernigan, who is filling in for suspended defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and McPhee are collapsing the middle. You can't chip a running back and double-team everyone.

"A scheme can only take you so far," Suggs said. "At the end of the day, the players got to execute it and it comes down to you've got to beat a guy. And we've got guys that [are] beating a guy."

It's not just competing against the offensive linemen. The secret to the Ravens' pass-rush success is the competition among teammates.

"I think guys are competing more for who has the sack than how many sacks we get," Mosley said.

This starts at the top. Dumervil extended his franchise single-season sacks record to 17, and Suggs trails him by six. This has become a source of motivation for Suggs.

"I'm going to line up every day and try to catch [Dumervil], as you can clearly see," Suggs said. "We've got two left. But if I don't, I'll take two wins. I will gladly do so and finish 11-5. That should be enough to get us in [the playoffs]."

As long as the Ravens' run to the playoffs matches their pursuit of quarterbacks, the Ravens are virtually guaranteed of making the postseason.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs remembers hearing about the top pass-rush duos in the NFL before the season and noticing a glaring omission -- the Baltimore Ravens weren't on it.

There were Kansas City's Justin Houston and Tamba Hali; St. Louis' Robert Quinn and Chris Long; Carolina's Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson; Denver's Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware; and New Orleans' Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette.

"I think we got a tremendous amount of disrespect during the offseason," Suggs said. "But I think that’ll probably change come this next offseason.”

It'll likely be a dramatic change. Suggs and Elvis Dumervil have put together a convincing argument that they're the league's best pass rush tandem with 24.5 combined sacks, which ranks first in the NFL. They have more sacks than eight NFL teams this season, including the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dumervil is tied for the NFL lead with 16 sacks, and Suggs is 15th with 8.5. They have combined for 20.5 sacks over the last eight games and each rank in the top 10 in sacks over that stretch.

"When you have a top duo in sacks, it really helps the team overall," Dumervil said. "You have two guys really performing well. He’s been doing a great job. He’s been disruptive on his side. It allows me to have one-on-ones, and vice versa. So, we both can take advantage of one-on-ones. It definitely helps our defense.”

Dumervil and Suggs should have a lot of opportunities to add to their sack totals. The Jaguars have allowed 54 sacks, which is eight more than any team in the league.

"They definitely pose challenges to quarterbacks," Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles said.

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has grown accustomed to playing alongside defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

Since 2006, Suggs has lined up in 129 games and Ngata has been there for 126 of them. So, Suggs wanted to make sure that Ngata knew he wasn't forgotten Sunday, when the Pro Bowl defensive lineman served the first game of his suspension.

After sacking Ryan Tannehill on the second play of the second quarter, Suggs did his version of a Tongan war dance called the Haka to honor Ngata. You can see Suggs' celebratory tribute by clicking here.

"I did it for him because it’s the first time I’ve ever lined up without him," said Suggs, who planned on calling Ngata after the game. "I wanted to salute him and let him know that I miss him and we’re going to hold it down until he comes back."

Ngata was suspended last Thursday by the NFL for four games after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He is eligible to play in the playoffs if the Ravens reach the postseason.

In the Ravens' first game without Ngata, they gave up a 15-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. After that, the Ravens held the Dolphins to 48 yards rushing on 15 carries (a 3.2-yard average).

Suggs wasn't the only one who publicly supported Ngata after the game.

"He's the big guy. His presence is definitely missed," linebacker Elvis Dumervil said. "We're fighting for him to give him an opportunity to come back in the playoffs. We definitely want to see our guy back out there."

This shows how popular Ngata is in the Ravens' locker room. But it can be argued that this support is misplaced considering Ngata's poor judgment put the Ravens in a tough spot in the final month of the regular season.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was humbled to become the latest member in the NFL's 100-sack club, which includes 31 players.

Suggs recorded sack No. 101.5 on Monday night when he brought down New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in the third quarter. He'll need 13 more sacks to crack the top 20 in career sacks.

"It’s definitely flattering, but I still think there’s still work to be done. I still want more. I would like to have another one of those, to be totally honest with you," Suggs said while pointing up to the Super Bowl banner. "It’s good to have 100. You don’t ever hear a guy say, ‘Oh, I want 100 sacks.’ Or do you say, ‘I want to win a Super Bowl.’ Once you have that taste of that, there’s nothing like it. I definitely would like another one of those.”

Here is a breakdown of Suggs' franchise-leading sack total ...

6 -- Active players who have over 100 career sacks (Suggs, Jared Allen, DeMarcus Ware, Julius Peppers, Robert Mathis and John Abraham)

11.5 -- Times that Suggs has sacked Ben Roethlisberger, which is nearly three times as many as any other quarterback on his list

14 -- Wins by Ravens when Suggs has two or more sacks for a .933 winning percentage (14-1 record)

19.5 -- Sacks against the Pittsburgh Steelers (including playoffs), which is 12.5 more than any other player

25 -- Sacks in December, his most in any month although it's close: September (24.5 sacks), October (24), November (22.5) and January (4.5).

27.5 -- Sacks in the fourth quarter, the 10th most in the NFL since 2003

40.5 -- Sacks that have ended drives

55 -- Sacks that have come at M&T Bank Stadium

57 -- Quarterbacks sacked in Suggs' career, from Tommy Maddox (Suggs' first) to Brees (his most recent)

715 -- Yards lost for offenses as a result of Suggs' sacks, which is about the length of seven football fields
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury.

Suggs had been limited in recent weeks with a neck injury, so this is a new injury. He played 84 percent of the snaps Monday night, which is his normal workload.

It would be surprising to see Suggs miss Sunday's game after seeing him sprint to his media session with reporters. Suggs has also only missed 10 games to injury in his 12-year career.

Slot receiver Michael Campanaro practiced for the first time since injuring his hamstring Oct. 26 at Cincinnati. He was limited along with linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder).

Reserve offensive lineman Jah Reid had full participation, less than a month after breaking his hand.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said he's heard "a little something" from the NFL about his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount.

"But we're going to see," Suggs said Wednesday. "We're going to look into it."

He wouldn't elaborate any further on what the league communicated to him, but it wouldn't be surprising if he received a fine for his low shot. The NFL usually announces its disciplinary action each Friday.

Suggs was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness and drew some critical comments from the Steelers. Linebacker James Harrison indicated it looked like Suggs was trying to hurt Blount, and Blount said Suggs is known for being "a dirty player."

"I don't expect different coming out of there. I think my reputation speaks for itself," Suggs said. "Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I'm just continuing to play football and play physical football the way I know how to."
PITTSBURGH -- The line between physical and dirty football gets blurred when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens lock up in what is the NFL’s most contentious rivalry.

It happened again on Sunday night when the AFC North rivals combined for four penalties that were for unnecessary roughness or roughing the passer and two more that were for a personal foul and a horse-collar tackle.

The Ravens drew five of those penalties, all of which were called after the first quarter, and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is among those who can expect a FedEx envelope containing a fine notification from the NFL.

Suggs made a dangerous tackle in the third quarter when he dived at the lower body of Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount at the end of a 6-yard run, causing Blount’s body to get bent back at an awkward angle.

Suggs was penalized for unnecessary roughness, and his hit touched off pushing and shoving in a game that had plenty of both.

Suggs said after the Ravens’ 43-23 loss that he was only trying to get the 6-foot, 250-pound Blount on the ground. Even if the NFL doesn’t agree with Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison that it looked like Suggs was trying to injure Blount on the play, it has little choice but to fine the 12-year veteran.

The NFL has gone to considerable lengths to protect players it deems defenseless. Blount was the definition of that when Suggs took aim at his lower body from behind with several Ravens tacklers already driving him back.

Suggs has long epitomized what makes the Ravens-Steelers rivalry such a special one. The six-time Pro Bowler seems to play his best against the Steelers, and his 16.5 career sacks of Ben Roethlisberger are the most any player has sacked the Steelers quarterback.

Few players have moved the needle in the rivalry more than the player known as “T Sizzle.”

Brash and opinionated, Suggs embraces the villain role when the Ravens visit the Steelers, and he loves it when Pittsburgh fans shower him with boos.

He cemented his status as a Ravens player whom Steelers love to hate on Sunday night, but he went about it the wrong way with his hit on Blount. Suggs could have hurt Blount and himself on the play.

He figures to pay for it after the NFL reviews what was not one of Suggs' finer moments in the ongoing Ravens-Steelers border feud.
PITTSBURGH -- An argument can be made that Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith is the most valuable player on the team after Sunday night's 43-23 loss at Heinz Field.

In their first game without their top cornerback, the Ravens allowed Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to throw six touchdown passes, nearly matching the total they allowed in the first eight games of the season (a league-low seven).


The Ravens' strategy was to drop seven into coverage, but they still couldn't stop the Steelers receivers from running free. Roethlisberger threw five touchdowns against four or fewer pass-rushers Sunday, matching the most in a game in ESPN Stats & Information's data set (since 2006).

"We are missing a great player, but we are capable guys in the secondary," cornerback Dominique Franks said.

On Sunday night, it looked like the Ravens had slow guys in the secondary. Franks and safety Darian Stewart watched Martavis Bryant get open against their zone defense for a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Lardarius Webb was too late to get out of his backpedal and let Markus Wheaton get separation for a 47-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half. In the fourth quarter, Chykie Brown was easily beaten by Antonio Brown for a 54-yard touchdown, and Franks and Will Hill were late to converge on Bryant for a 18-yard score.

None of this should come as a surprise. It was more a validation of their worst fears. Webb missed three of the first four games because of a back injury. Franks wasn't in the league for the first five weeks of the season. And Chykie Brown was benched after the season opener when he gave up the winning 77-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green.

There was hope that safety Hill, who was suspended for the first six games of the season, would provide a lift for the secondary. In his first start, Hill didn't make much of an impact and was stiff-armed by Antonio Brown on his long touchdown.

The Ravens forced the Steelers into three three-and-outs in the first quarter because they were able to get pressure on Roethlisberger. There was one series when the Ravens sacked him on three straight plays.

Once Roethlisberger got time, the Ravens' secondary was no match for the depth and speed of the Steelers' receivers. It marked only the second time in his 18 meetings with the Ravens that Roethlisberger threw more than two touchdowns in a game.

"You could have never sold me on that during the week," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "He had a heck of a day, and that is a reflection on us all."

So, when will Smith return? He went through the Ravens' locker room on Friday on crutches with his foot in a protective boot. Even though the Ravens haven't given a specific timetable on Smith, he likely won't be back for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. Smith has a better chance of returning after the bye the next week.
PITTSBURGH -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 43-23 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Harbaugh believes Ravens will rebound: The Ravens suffered their largest margin of defeat of the season Sunday night. They were routed by 20 points after falling by a combined 17 points in their other three losses. "We'll bounce back," coach John Harbaugh said. "The NFL season is long for a reason. You can look back at every season, and history will prove that you can be blown out and bounce back. We've done it before. Plenty of NFL teams have done it before. Teams have done it this year in the National Football League. That's what we've got to do. There are still seven games left in the season. There's a lot of opportunities to win football games."

Suggs wasn't trying to injure: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter on a hit on running back LeGarrette Blount. "He was running, and he was still up, and he was still moving the pile," Suggs said. "I assessed the play, and that was the only way I could get him down without him gaining more yards. I wasn't trying to get him hurt. I was just trying to get the big guy down."

Pride takes a hit: Cornerback Dominique Franks acknowledged that allowing six touchdown passes was an embarrassment. "To go out there, and they put 40-plus points on us, that's something we don't pride ourselves on," Franks said. "We made a lot of mistakes out there. They made the plays, and we didn't. We have to get better and not have this feeling again."

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers renew one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries on Sunday night at Heinz Field. Both teams are 5-3 and a half-game out of first place in the AFC North. The Ravens beat the Steelers, 26-6, when the teams met in early September and they will try to sweep their bitter rival for the first time since 2011.

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley and ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown take a closer look at the 8:30 p.m. ET game.

Brown: Jamison, how will the Ravens compensate for the loss of Jimmy Smith at cornerback and how bad is the timing for the Ravens to face Ben Roethlisberger when they are so thin at cornerback?

Hensley: To characterize losing Smith as “bad timing” is an understatement. It’s atrocious. Smith, who is sidelined with a foot injury, is not only the Ravens’ best cornerback but he’s also among the top five cornerbacks in the NFL. The Ravens have no one who can replace his combination of size, speed, aggressiveness and intelligence. Even the most optimistic supporter of the Ravens couldn’t think Dominique Franks, who was out of football for the first five weeks, can fill the void left by Smith.

The only way the Ravens can lessen the blow is with their pass rush. When Roethlisberger threw 522 yards and six touchdowns, he was hit twice by the Colts. The Ravens’ top three pass-rushers -- Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Pernell McPhee -- have combined for 14.5 sacks and 23 quarterback hits. Over the last five meetings with Roethlisberger, the Ravens have sacked him 10 times. If they can put that pressure on Roethlisberger, it will give him less time to find the open receiver.

While a lot of the focus has been on Roethlisberger, how have his weapons improved in the passing game? With the Ravens being without their top cornerback, will it be tough for them to match up with the Steelers?

Brown: The Steelers and Roethlisberger have to be salivating over the prospect of attacking the Ravens’ secondary. No Smith and a defense that is thin at cornerback has to reckon with a receiving corps that has changed considerably since the Ravens soundly beat the Steelers in Baltimore. Justin Brown, who lost a fumble inside the Ravens’ 20-yard line early in the teams’ Sept. 11 game, isn’t even in the picture at wide receiver right now.

Rookie Martavis Bryant, who has been a revelation in his first two NFL games, and reliable veteran Lance Moore will play against the Ravens after not dressing the first time the two AFC North rivals played. Those two along with Markus Wheaton should make the Ravens pay if they focus too much attention to two-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown. Brown, meanwhile, opens things up for the other receivers, including tight end Heath Miller, who is coming off his third career 100-yard receiving game.

Baltimore ran the ball effectively against the Steelers on Sept. 11 and it looks like Justin Forsett has really emerged for the Ravens. Has he been one of the NFL’s biggest surprises this season and how are the roles defined in the Ravens’ backfield?

Hensley: It would’ve been difficult for anyone to predict this type of production from Forsett. In training camp, he was the No. 4 running back behind Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. Halfway through the Ravens’ season, Forsett is fourth in the NFL with 571 rushing yards. The Ravens needed Forsett to step up after Rice was cut and Pierce struggled to stay healthy. What stands out about Forsett is his vision to find the running lanes in the zone blocking scheme and determination to break tackles. The reason the Ravens signed Forsett was his familiarity with Gary Kubiak’s offense after playing in Houston two years ago. He has remained atop the depth chart by averaging 5.5 yards per carry, the third-best average in the league.

Forsett is the primary ball carrier and gets about 70 percent of the snaps. His work could be affected this week by a knee injury that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice. Pierce had been the Ravens’ back when they get in the red zone. But he was a healthy scratch last Sunday after averaging less than three yards per carry in three of five games. So, Taliaferro has become the top backup and scored two red zone touchdowns in Cincinnati.

The run game has been one of the most improved areas on offense, along with the Ravens’ line. Joe Flacco wasn't sacked in the first meeting, but the Steelers were able to get a lot of pressure Sunday on Andrew Luck. Should the Ravens expect a significantly better pass rush on Sunday night?

Brown: That depends on whether the Steelers can get a big lead early against the Ravens. The Steelers’ defense fed off the offense’s fast start Sunday and an early 21-3 lead forced the Colts to throw, throw and throw some more. Indianapolis had just 10 rushes in its 51-34 loss to Pittsburgh and two of those were scrambles by Luck. Making the Colts one-dimensional on offense allowed the Steelers to really go after Luck and they hit him a lot.

The Steelers probably won’t be as fortunate against the Ravens. They struggled to stop the run when the two rivals played earlier this season and teams with zone-blocking schemes have given the Steelers fits. Unless the Steelers jump out to a big lead early for the second consecutive game they will get a steady dose of Forsett and Taliaferro. That alone should temper the pressure they are able to put on Flacco.

Coach John Harbaugh made a comment earlier this week about how the Ravens are comfortable playing at Heinz Field. What did you make of that comment and can it be traced to the Ravens winning in Pittsburgh in 2010, 2011 and 2012?

Hensley: That’s exactly what Harbaugh meant by that comment. He was saying that the Ravens know what it takes to win in Pittsburgh. You can’t blame Harbaugh for taking a confident stance, especially considering the circumstances. It was just a week ago when the Ravens sat atop the AFC North after winning five of their previous six games. Now, after losing in dramatic fashion in Cincinnati, the Ravens could potentially drop to last place with a loss in Pittsburgh. By saying the Ravens are comfortable at Heinz, Harbaugh is telling his players that they can win in Pittsburgh because they’ve done it before.

The Ravens beat the Steelers earlier this season by keeping them out of the end zone. While the Ravens rank second in the league in fewest points allowed, the Steelers defense uncharacteristically ranks 16th in yards allowed and 21st in points given up. Do these numbers truly reflect how the defense is playing?

Brown: Unfortunately for the Steelers, they do. There were questions about the defense, and that was before the Steelers lost starting outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and cornerback Ike Taylor to significant injuries. Cornerback Cortez Allen, whom the Steelers signed to a five-year, $25 million contract right before the start of the regular season, has struggled so much that the fourth-year veteran has been demoted twice in the past two weeks.

The Steelers have also had issues stopping the run and an offense that can stay balanced is going to give them problems. The defense has shown signs of improvement and it has generated consistent pressure on the quarterback as well as takeaways during the Steelers’ two-game winning streak. If that continues against the Ravens the Steelers have a great chance of improving to 7-4 with games against the lowly Jets and the two-win Titans next up on the schedule.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens' injury list doesn't look as bad as it did one day earlier as four starters returned to practice on Thursday.

 Running back Justin Forsett (ankle), guard Marshal Yanda (knee), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shin) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (rest day) all were back on the field in preparation for Sunday night's game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tight end Owen Daniels (knee) did not practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday, but the Ravens typically give Daniels a day off during the week.

The only players who missed practice the past two days were: cornerback Jimmy Smith (foot), linebacker Terrell Suggs (neck) and wide receiver Michael Campanaro (thigh).


Did not practice: WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), TE Owen Daniels (knee), CB Jimmy Smith (foot), LB Terrell Suggs (neck).

Limited participation: RB Justin Forsett (ankle), G Marshal Yanda (knee).

Full participation: DE Chris Canty (wrist), DT Haloti Ngata (shin), CB Lardarius Webb (not injury related).
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens know the routine when they play in Pittsburgh, from Steelers fans throwing stuff at the team bus to the awkward dinners the night before the game.

"Folks [are] just looking at us like, 'Man, I hope you just bomb it tomorrow,'" wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "It’s a serious environment. That’s why you’re here, to play a team like Pittsburgh up there, a crowd that hates you, really a city that truly hates you."

In what has become one of the top rivalries in the NFL, Ravens players thrive on being hated in Pittsburgh, and the results back that up. Since 2010, the Ravens are 3-1 at Heinz Field (.750), and 14-18 (.435) everywhere else on the road.

The Ravens won three straight regular-season games at Heinz (2010, '11 and '12), and they nearly won their fourth in a row there last season. Joe Flacco's 1-yard touchdown throw to Dallas Clark tied the game at 16 with 1:58 remaining. But Shaun Suisham's 42-yard field goal -- which was set up by Michael Huff failing to contain Emmanuel Sanders on a 44-yard kickoff return -- won the game as time expired.

"I love it because they put so much energy into hating you," said linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is known to yell back at fans. "You obviously are doing something [right], so it’s kind of flattering. I take it as a sign of respect.”

There are 17 players on the Ravens' 53-man roster who have never been a part of this rivalry for a game in Pittsburgh. Smith's advice, especially to the younger players, is that you can't let the emotions surrounding this game affect you.

"At the end of the day when you get on the field, it’s football," Smith said. "It’s a great, disciplined, physical football team. And we know we have to play physical ball to go out there and beat them. It’s going to be tough. And they’re hot right now, too.”
Observed and heard in the locker room after the Baltimore Ravens' 27-24 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals:

Nearly everyone on the Ravens was asked about the offensive pass interference penalty on wide receiver Steve Smith. Instead of a go-ahead 80-yard touchdown, the Ravens were backed up to their own 10-yard line with 32 seconds remaining.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh: "I'm not allowed to answer the question."

Wide receiver Steve Smith: "Things happen. Ultimately, you hope you don't allow plays like that to dictate the determination of a win or loss. So, it happens. I'm not disappointed, not upset, just exhausted and looking forward to the opportunity to play next week."

Quarterback Joe Flacco: "I didn't see anything. It just looked like two guys backpedalling and a guy came down with it. I couldn't really see much more than that."

Linebacker Terrell Suggs: "I got to admit, offensive pass interference, that's a pretty ballsy call considering the situation. But we're over it."