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What's uncertain for Suggs, the franchise's all-time sacks leader, is how his career in Baltimore will come to a close. Being an all-time great doesn't guarantee a Hollywood ending, which would be fitting for a film buff like Suggs. He's seen Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden retire as Ravens, but he's watched Reed go elsewhere in free agency and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata get traded.
Between the $4 million the team could save against the cap without him next offseason and the recent addition of young pass-rushers, Suggs might be playing his final games for the Ravens this year.
“The kid is real,” rush linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “That kid can play.”
The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Hopkins entered the weekend leading the NFL in touchdown catches (nine), receptions leading to first downs (47) and ranking fourth in receiving yards (879). He amassed his fourth 100-yard game of the season – including a 224-yard display against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 29 – but failed to catch a touchdown for only the fourth time.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith half-joked that Hopkins’ hands are double the size of his own. But he said the wide receiver uses his physical style to his advantage, drawing a pass-interference penalty each on Smith and cornerback Brandon Carr and a defensive holding call on Carr.
“It’s because of his game, because he’s a physical receiver,” said Smith, who made a beeline after the game to hug and talk to Hopkins. “He likes to push and pull, and if you push back, some refs call it and some don’t. Tonight, we got flagged on everything. One of them was an obvious P.I. on me. The other one I thought could’ve gone both ways.”
It’s lost, now, on who’s fault it is. Are the receivers not getting separation? Is Joe Flacco incapable of delivering the football? Is the scheme not set up for success? At times, you may point to one, but it’s a full fault across the board.
Joe Flacco is currently on pace for his worst yards per attempt, a staggering 4.4. His worst season, prior to this, was last year, at 6.0, according to pro-football-reference. Nothing summarizes this better than the 3rd & 13 play in which Flacco tossed a dump to Ben Watson, for a two-yard gain.
The offense, right now, is not clicking. The offensive line was non-existent against an injury depleted Texans’ front-seven. Flacco had to continue to dump the ball off because he was seemingly pressured on a majority of his drop backs. Although, when he did have ample time and space to throw the ball, Flacco would make an inaccurate pass or the receiver would be unable to haul in the pass.