Five months and two weeks. That is how long it took Terrell Suggs to rehab his Achilles tendon, come back to the NFL, and play lights out football. Since tearing his Achilles tendon in the Spring, Suggs missed out on offseason team activities and training camp, and the first six weeks of practice and games.
When it was rumored that he would play on Sunday, after just several days of practice, the general consensus was that the news was a ruse, a mind game to force Houston to game plan for the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. When it was reported that Suggs was active for the game, it seemed obvious—and odd—that the team planned on having him on the field for a few snaps. As Suggs warmed up, sprinting and cutting, one had to wonder at his over-eagerness.
Then, something remarkable happened over the course of several hours on a Sunday afternoon. Self-appointed “T-Sizzle” played forty-four snaps, all the way through the fourth quarter, and he played the most explosive, effective football of anyone on the field for the Ravens.
Baltimore Ravens Vs. Houston Texans Game Preview: Where To Watch, Live Streaming, Betting Odds, And Keys To The Game
Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
When: Sunday, October 21 at 1 p.m. ET
On TV: CBS
On radio: Sirius XM 94 and 137
Live streaming: NFL Audio Pass
Betting odds: Texans (-7)
Two teams alone boast winning records in the AFC, and this week they will face each other with the conference lead at stake. The Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens both stand at 5-1, looking down on other AFC teams, all of whom claim 3-3 records or worse. On Sunday in Houston, an AFC leader will be crowned... temporarily.
The storyline is set, with Houston coming off of a beatdown at home from the Green Bay Packers, and the Ravens edging one out against Houston's neighbors, the Dallas Cowboys. The Ravens suffered key losses on Sunday. Iconic linebacker Ray Lewis suffered a fully torn triceps and shutdown corner Lardarius Webb tore his ACL. Neither will finish the year.
When: Sunday, October 14 at 1 PM
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
TV: FOX and Direct TV channel 704
Radio: Sirius XM Radio channel 92
Betting odds: Baltimore -3.5
The last time these two teams faced off, Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh was a rookie head coach with a rookie quarterback, Joe Flacco, and the Dallas Cowboys were playing their final game at Texas Stadium. The Ravens took that game to the tune of 33-24 and have gone on to four straight post season appearances.
Meanwhile, after making the playoffs in 2008, Dallas has returned to the postseason only once, in 2010. A team stacked with talent, Dallas has continued to have its share of trouble in 2012 and comes out of their bye week 2-2, with losses to Chicago and Seattle.
The 4-1 Ravens are coming off two lackluster performances, albeit wins, against the 1-4 Kansas City Chiefs and the 0-5 Cleveland Browns.