Suggs Nominated, But 3-Sack Game Falls ShortPosted on October 11, 2013 by Joe Platania
DOUBLE DUTY FOR BOOMER; RAVENS' ODDS UNCHANGED
OWINGS MILLS -- Even with a three-sack game against the Miami Dolphins Oct. 6, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs did not take home the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award.
The plaque instead went to Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, who intercepted a pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown against San Diego.
The Ravens have not yet won any of the three AFC weekly awards in 2013. Whether that is serving as motivation as the team enters its Oct. 13 game against the Green Bay Packers is anyone's guess, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken note of Suggs' sack proficiency.
"I think he's one of the premier guys in the league at his position, and he proves it every year," Rodgers said. "He's a guy you have to account for in the run game … and the pass game. You've got to make sure you don't let him get off."
Offensively, Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith caught six passes for 121 yards against the Dolphins, but his mere nomination meant that New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith walked off with the award for his 147.7 passer rating during his team's win at Atlanta.
"[Smith] is a guy that you can throw the ball to, and you know he's going to come down with the ball," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "He's got those sure hands now."
On the special teams front, kicker Justin Tucker had the second four-field-goal game of his career in Miami, but Cleveland returner Travis Benjamin won the award for his 25-yard punt return average against Buffalo, which included a 79-yard touchdown.
EYES IN THE SKY: It's already common knowledge that Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa and Fox partners Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston will be in town for the Packers-Ravens game Oct. 13 (1 p.m.; WBFF-TV, WIYY-FM).
As far as other locally connected broadcasters are concerned, let's take a look at what games they will be calling:
- Ex-Maryland quarterback Boomer Esiason's radio work for the week is already finished, as he was part of the Westwood One broadcast of the New York Giants-Chicago Bears game Oct. 10. But he will leave the CBS studio and take to the road Oct. 13 to assist Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots on the call of the Cincinnati-Buffalo game.
- Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick and Fox partners Thom Brennaman and Laura Okmin are going to the Metrodome in Minneapolis for the NFC clash between Carolina and the host Vikings.
- Ex-Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe is also taking a road trip away from the CBS studio, and he will work with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts on the much-hyped mismatch between Jacksonville and Denver.
- Former Ravens safety Rod Woodson and Westwood One radio partner Chuck Cooperstein will call the Arizona-San Francisco game at Candlestick Park.
- Ex-WBAL-TV (Channel 11) reporter Lisa Salters will be at her usual Monday-night sideline post for ESPN at the Indianapolis-San Diego clash.
FOR THE BETTOR: The Ravens' Super Bowl odds remained at 33-1 after their Oct. 6 win at Miami, according to the wagering Web site Bovada.
The odds of six other teams have shortened during the past seven days, leaving the Ravens tied with the Dallas Cowboys as the 10th-favorite team to reach MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2.
Denver is still the 5-2 favorite, with once-beaten Seattle now at 11-2 and New Orleans' odds sinking to a season-low 13-2.
On the other of the spectrum are the Buffalo Bills (300-1), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (500-1) and Jacksonville Jaguars (off the board).
In the AFC, Baltimore is the sixth-favorite team to win the Lamar Hunt Trophy at 16-1. Denver is the 6-5 favorite with New England next at 11-2.
In the AFC North, Cincinnati is the 10-11 favorite with the Ravens at 3-2, Cleveland at 9-2 and the winless Pittsburgh Steelers at 25-1.
The AFC representative is now a three-point Super Bowl favorite against the NFC champ, a change from the one-point spread issued earlier this year. The AFC has won 18 of 27 interconference games this year.
The Orioles announced that third baseman Manny Machado would undergo reconstructive surgery on his left knee, requiring 4-6 months of rehabilitation.