OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Through the first nine games of the season, the Baltimore Ravens’ relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks garnered just 16 sacks, a few hurried throws and a whole lot of frustration.
It was suggested that the loss of free agents Za’Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs - who ranked 1-2 on the team in sacks last season - was a big factor. Coach John Harbaugh shrugged off the assertion, insisting that the effort of the current unit ultimately would pay off.
That’s precisely what happened Sunday, when the Ravens made life miserable for Houston star Deshaun Watson in a 41-7 rout. Baltimore sacked Watson six times and had seven sacks in all, adding yet another component to an already effective defense.