It's beginning to seem normal for Baltimore Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs to have these types of game on a regular basis. Even though every opponent's offensive game plan must include strategy to stop or at least slow down the Ravens most disruptive force, he still manages to control the game and is on his way to being a top candidate for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Suggs continued his onslaught on the enemy's offense in yesterday's 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts, finishing the game with more gaudy stats, including five tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and two tackles-for-losses. In short, Suggs was a one-man wrecking crew for the Ravens yesterday and has been for the entire season.
In 2011, T-Sizzle now is 4th in the NFL and 1st in the AFC with 13 of the Ravens league-leading 45 quarterback sacks. He has 58 tackles and two interceptions. His six forced fumbles are tied for first in the NFL. In the discussion for NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, Suggs' name should be at or near the top of the debate. The only other players in that debate might be Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen, who leads the NFL with 17.5 sacks, but his four forced fumbles and one interception are behind Suggs' numbers.
Philadelphia Eagles DE Jason Babin is second in the league with Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware with 15 sacks, but neither have the other stats, including tackles, interceptions or forced fumbles to compare with Terrell. Other than Ware, whose Cowboys are 7-6, none of the aforementioned players are on teams with winning records.
Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson is tied for the league lead with seven interceptions and has decent tackle numbers, but if the Ravens Ed Reed couldn't win the DPoY Award last season with eight picks in only ten games, I cannot fathom seeing the award going to Woodson, despite his obvious contribution to the Packers success this season.
It's time that Suggs, who not only has the statistics to be worthy of such an honor, but appears to be the leading candidate to be the face and voice of the Ravens defense once the great Ray Lewis retires, gets the notice and official recognition that he deserves.