Both Terrell Suggs and Ben Roethlisberger suffered major injuries on the same day two weeks ago. Suggs tore his biceps, while Roethlisberger tore his meniscus. Yet, both of their main goals are the same: play against each other in a fight for first place in the AFC North on November 6th. Just three weeks after both of their injuries.
Suggs and Roethlisberger have had some great battles over the years. Both are tough competitors who love being a part of the Baltimore-Pittsburgh rivalry. Suggs loves sacking Roethlisberger, and Roethlisberger loves throwing touchdowns on Baltimore’s defense.
Since 2008, when the John Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era began in Baltimore, Suggs has 8.5 sacks against Pittsburgh (7.5 on Roethlisberger). Suggs has sacked Roethlisberger more times than any other player in the NFL has, albeit he does play him 2-3 times a year.
When looking at the Baltimore-Pittsburgh rivalry over the years, many faces come to mind. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Haloti Ngata from Baltimore. Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, and Ike Taylor from Pittsburgh, just to name a few of many from each. Nowadays those main players from the 2000s rivalry are gone. Not many remain besides Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.
People have felt that, as of late, the once most infamous rivalry in the NFL between these teams has simmered down. Don’t tell Suggs or Roethlisberger that. Both are risking major injuries just three weeks after sustaining them to play each other. Both know that their time in the NFL is limited. Roethlisberger probably has more years than Suggs left, but it’s not a secret that they will retire sooner rather than later.
For both teams, this game will be the most important one of the season yet. The winner comes out on top of the AFC North. Baltimore follows this home matchup with another rivalry match against the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens may be in a rut as of the month of October, but the season is far from over. These two games are pivotal to the Ravens’ 2016 season, and Terrell Suggs knows that.
Suggs leads the defense. Flacco may be the face of the franchise after Ray Lewis’ departure, but Suggs is an unquestioned leader in Baltimore. He has played through a torn biceps before, he missed all last season with a torn Achilles tendon, and he knows his matchups with Pittsburgh are limited. The Ravens need him on the field, along with the other injured leaders (Steve Smith Sr., C.J. Mosley) on the squad.
Baltimore and Pittsburgh were given a gift today in London at Wembly Stadium as the Cincinnati Bengals tied the Washington Redskins 27-27. Cincinnati, who have had the Ravens’ number lately, is off to an uncharacteristically slow start. Their 3-4-1 record allows even more cushion to whomever wins next week between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
This year has been an unusual one for the AFC North, aside from the 0-8 Cleveland Browns. Through eight weeks, only the Steelers have a winning record, and it is only by one game. The Ravens can take advantage of an off year in the North, and Suggs’s availability is an important part of accomplishing their goals.
Gino Marchetti Dead at 92
NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti, who also served in World War II, has passed away at the age of 92.
Marchetti, who played mostly as a defensive end during his career, was nominated to 11 Pro Bowls, was a 9-time First Team All-Pro, and was also named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team.
Marchetti’s #89 jersey was retired by the Indianapolis Colts and he is also a member of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ring of Honor.
Marchetti was selected in the 2nd round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the New York Yanks, which later became the Baltimore Colts.
Marchetti was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the New York Yanks, who later became the Baltimore Colts.
Marchetti was a United States Army soldier who fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a machine gunner during World War II.
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early on Friday morning following a car crash about a mile from the Ravens’ team facility, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“I’ll be the first one to say it; I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football” Rice said, during an interview on CBS This Morning.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
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