Not being able to bring down the quarterback is surprising for the Ravens, who had posted at least one sack in the previous 22 games. That tied a franchise record.
Now, the Ravens haven't recorded a sack since Elvis Dumervil ended the 19-3 win over the New York Jets with a sack of Geno Smith. It's a drought of 82 pass attempts without one. It's been a longer stretch for linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has gone five games without a sack.
But defensive coordinator Dean Pees believes the pass rush is making an impact.
"I think you’d be surprised how many times we actually hit the quarterback," Pees said. "When you watch the film, we may not be getting a sack if the ball is coming out quick, and there’s no way a guy can do that. If he can’t get there in time, he can’t get there in time if the ball is coming out quick. But you’re also getting what you want by the ball coming out quick. We’re getting quite a few hits."
There have been other factors in the Ravens' lack of sacks recently. The Ravens had trouble bringing down Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger two games ago and had difficulty getting to Minnesota's Matt Cassel last week because of the snowy field.
It's going to be another challenge for the Ravens to get a sack Monday night, based on the Lions' statistics. Matthew Stafford has been sacked just 15 times in 13 games. It's the fewest sacks on a quarterback who has thrown at least 300 passes this season.