By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports activities Author
BALTIMORE (AP) — There’s little margin for error at this level within the season for the Detroit Lions, who face a staff Sunday that thrives on its opponent’s miscues.
The Baltimore Ravens (6-5) lead the NFL with 18 interceptions and 26 takeaways. They’ve three shutouts, and final Monday pressured Houston quarterback Tom Savage into three turnovers in a 23-sixteen victory .
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown six interceptions and misplaced six fumbles this season. If the Lions (6-5) are to remain within the playoff hunt, Stafford should shield the soccer.
“They rally to the ball,” Stafford stated of the Ravens. “The ball will get tipped within the air, and it doesn’t appear to hit the bottom a lot once they’re enjoying. So, they’re doing a pleasant job of turning it over. They get after the passer. They cease the run. They’re robust towards the cross. I imply they’re only a actually, actually strong protection.”
Led by 35-yr-previous Terrell Suggs , the Ravens personal the league’s seventh-ranked protection. Suggs has 9 ½ of Baltimore’s 30 sacks, together with a pivotal strip-sack within the fourth quarter towards Houston.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator when Baltimore gained the Tremendous Bowl in 2012. Suggs was a member of that group, and to Caldwell, it appears as if the surface linebacker hasn’t misplaced a step.
“He’s a type of guys the place he’s taken nice care of his physique,” Caldwell stated. “He’s diligent about all the things that he does in that regard, and in addition to that he’s simply an uncommon cat bodily. He’s an enormous, highly effective man that may nonetheless run.”
Because it stands now, the Ravens are the No. 6 seed within the AFC playoff image. Detroit took a step again within the NFC with its Thanksgiving loss to Minnesota, which ended a 3-recreation profitable streak.
“You get to this time of yr, and all the expectations and pressures are ramped up. That’s what makes it enjoyable,” stated Stafford, who intends to make his 108th consecutive begin regardless of twisting his ankle towards the Vikings.
Baltimore security Eric Weddle stated: “This can be a large recreation for them and us. It’s going to be a playoff environment. It’s win or go residence.”
Some issues to know concerning the first assembly between the Lions and Ravens since 2013:
BUSINESS TRIP: Although he spent two memorable years as a Ravens assistant coach, Caldwell dismissed the notion that his return to Baltimore will probably be a nostalgic expertise.
Been there, executed that.
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