By Sean Whooley
The Ravens have won three straight games and four of their past five, and linebacker Matt Judon feels they are peaking at the right time as they push for a playoff spot in the final weeks of the season.
"We're going out there and playing well, week in, week out," Judon said during an interview on
Glenn Clark Radio
Dec. 5. "There's always things we can improve on. We try to not give up so many points, try to not make the games nail-biters, but we're flying high right now and we want to keep it rolling."
In his second pro season, Judon has tallied career-bests of 41 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble. Four of his sacks have come during the Ravens' past four contests.
The Ravens are currently ranked third in the NFL in total defense. Judon said a lot of it comes down to the tutelage of veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs, especially within the linebacker and defensive line ranks. Judon also credited the defense's success to defensive tackles Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams' ability to plug the gaps on the line.
Judon and the defense had some fun with their recent success during the team's 44-20 win against the Detroit Lions Dec. 3. Judon celebrated a sack by pretending to go to sleep.
"Around this time and how we've been playing, we've been getting pretty hot," Judon said. "I don't think too many teams are sleeping on us right now. [The celebration] just came to me and we practiced it a little bit when the offense is up. We spend more of our efforts on stopping that opposing offense. When you can do that little celebration, it makes it worth it."
The Ravens' win against the Lions did come with a cost, though, as Baltimore lost top cornerback Jimmy Smith to a torn Achilles. Despite the loss of Smith, who has three interceptions this season, Judon is confident the Ravens' defense won't slow down.
"I'm pretty sure [Smith] is going to have a conversation with those young [defensive backs] in that room, and he's going to tell them it's gut check time," Judon said. "They've got to start making plays. They can't be young guys anymore."
With the Ravens having scored more than 20 points in each of their past five games, including more than 40 twice, Judon believes it's all coming together for the team.
"We know our offense can click," Judon said. "It's just happening at the right time. You don't want to peak too early, you don't want to peak too late, and I feel like this is the right time for our offense to go out there and put everything on display."
For more from Judon, listen to the full interview here:
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