Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

September 14, 2011|By Jeff Zrebiec

Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week today after his performance in the Ravens’ 35-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon.

Suggs, 28, had a record-setting afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, recording three sacks of Ben Roethlisberger to go along with two forced fumbles and five total tackles. The three sacks gave Suggs 71 1/2 for his career, surpassing Peter Boulware (70) and setting a new Ravens’ record.

“That wasn't a goal of mine to get the sack record, but then, before you go into it, you are only 1½ away," Suggs said following Sunday’s game. "I was like, 'I'm close. I might as well get it. I might as well do it in this game against my rival.' I had all my family in the stands, and it was Opening Day versus the Pittsburgh Steelers so it was almost fate."

Suggs now has 13 ½ sacks against the Steelers, the most any active NFL player has compiled against Pittsburgh. When you include the playoffs, Suggs has sacked Roethlisberger 15 ½ times, more than any other NFL defender. He also has six combined sacks on him in the last two meetings between the teams.

Suggs and the Ravens will play their first road game of the regular season Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

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