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Streaking Suggs could tie franchise mark

10/3/2013

When it comes to sacks, linebacker Terrell Suggs owns almost all of the Baltimore Ravens' records. He is their all-time sacks leader (88.5) and ranks first in postseason sacks (12), too.

If Suggs gets to Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Sunday, he'll add another mark to his sackmaster total. With another sack, Suggs would tie Paul Kruger (2012) and Adalius Thomas (2005 and 2006) for the Ravens' franchise record of five consecutive games of posting at least a half sack. He has recorded a full sack in each of the first four games this season.

The odds are certainly in Suggs' favor of continuing the streak. The Dolphins have allowed a league-high 18 sacks this season. Left tackle Jonathan Martin, who would line up against Suggs for most of the game, has given up four sacks this season, which is tied for second-most in the league for an offensive tackle.

Asked if he is hungry to go against the struggling Dolphins' pass protection, Suggs said, "You’re always hungry. If one of your things you do as a team is you get after the passer, you definitely want to do that. But that’s not just with this team – that’s with every team. You definitely want to get out there and pressure their quarterback.”

A year removed from his Achilles injury, Suggs has been on a tear to start this season. In addition to his four sacks, he has totaled six quarterback hits (second-best in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus) and 31 tackles, which ranks second on the Ravens. Suggs had a career-high 17 tackles last Sunday in Buffalo.

"[Suggs] is playing as well as he’s played, ever," coach John Harbaugh said. "He’s playing at, obviously, a Pro Bowl-type level. But he can even play better. That’s the thing. He’s so determined right now. I see him walking around here -- he’s just got a look on his face, a single-minded purpose-type of a look on his face. So, that’s the way he’s playing.”