Late For Work 12/30: Suggs Doesn’t Want To Face Tebow In Playoffs

Ravens-Bengals is a tight call, Dalton can join Flacco’s elite group, no sign of Yanda.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 9:20 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Suggs Doesn’t Want To Face Tebow In Playoffs

In the past, Terrell Suggs hasn’t been very complimentary of Broncos quarterback sensation Tim Tebow.

Sizzle believes his beard has been through tougher things than Tebow.

Yet the Ravens outside linebacker, who is in contention for the Defensive Player of the Year award, admitted on the Scott Van Pelt Show that he doesn’t want to face Tebow in the playoffs.

When asked what it would be like to meet Tebow, Suggs took a deep breath and chuckled … twice.

“I think it would be a great challenge for us,” he said with what seemed to be a little reluctance. “I’d rather not have to do it, but if that’s the road we got to go, so be it. It would be a good opportunity to go against ‘The Great Tim Tebow’ as everybody so calls [him].”

“I sense a sarcastic tone,” said ESPN’s Linda Cohn. “Am I right?”

“No sarcastic tone,” Suggs replied. “Like I said, I really would prefer not to take that road. I guess it’s more of a question that I’ll have to address if I got to cross it.”

Don’t get it twisted.

The scenario presented to Suggs for him to meet Tebow included the Ravens losing Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Broncos winning the AFC West.

If both were to happen, the Ravens would drop from the second to fifth seed and would then have to travel to Denver for a wild-card matchup instead of sitting at home with a first-round bye. Of course Suggs prefers the latter.

Whatever the road the Ravens have to take, Suggs believes it will be his team in the Super Bowl.

“I like our chemistry, just the way our heads is, where our mindset is,” said Suggs.  ”It just feels good. We’ve been to the playoffs the last three years, but it was never with a feeling like this.”

It’s probably worth noting that when Suggs was asked about possibly winning the Defensive Player of the Year award, he said, “I’ll pretty much leave it in God’s hands; leave it in Tebow’s hands.”

Week 17 Ravens-Bengals Picks

Yeesh. This one is a tight call.

The stakes are high for both teams – the Bengals want in the playoffs and the Ravens want a bye and a home game.

To reach their goals, each team will have to overcome a major flaw – the Bengals haven’t beaten a playoff team (0-5) and the Ravens struggle on the road (3-4).

Ultimately, analysts are making their game predictions based on which squad they think will overcome its weakness.

I think the logic here is simple,” said’s Mike Florio. “The Bengals can’t win in the postseason. Well, this is essentially a postseason game. Therefore the Bengals can’t win. They’re 0-2 under Marvin Lewis in playoff games and this is a playoff game.”

There are plenty who agree with Florio’s logic. But there are also plenty who agree with Jeff Zrebiec’s.

“The Ravens have gotten the benefit of the doubt to this point,” writes The Sun reporter. “But spotty play over the past couple of weeks and their problems on the road can’t be overlooked, especially in a game of this magnitude.”

Analysts are split: 15 pick the Bengals, while 18 are going with the Ravens.

Baltimore Sun: Four of seven pick the Bengals

ESPN: Five of eight pick the Bengals’s Peter King: Bengals 21, Ravens 19

USA Today: Eight of eight pick the Ravens

Yahoo! Sports: Two of three pick the Bengals Two of two pick the Ravens Three of five pick the Ravens

Dalton Can Join Flacco In Elite Rookie Group

If Andy Dalton can beat Joe Flacco Sunday, the Bengals quarterback will join Flacco in an elite rookie group.

With a win, Dalton will become the fifth quarterback ever to win 10 or more games as a rookie starter, matching Flacco and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan, according to ESPN.

That’s not bad for the 35th overall pick in the 2011 draft and the fifth quarterback taken,” wrote Jamison Hensley.

I trust Andy Dalton to win a big one,” adds’s Peter King. “Finally.”

Still No Sign of Yanda

Newly selected Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda missed his second day of practice with rib and thigh bruises, and’s John Eisenberg says “there’s no telling” if he’ll be ready to face the Bengals.

“His absence from back-to-back practices is not an encouraging sign,” wrote Eisenberg. “Ravens coach John Harbaugh generally gives precedence on Sundays to players who practice during the week.

“The Ravens will miss Yanda a lot if he is unable to play Sunday. They’re going to need production from their running game, and the Bengals have one of the NFL’s best pass rushes. That puts the focus on the offensive line, and Yanda, 27, has been the Ravens’ best by a wide margin this season. … The Ravens are fortunate to have veteran Andre Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowl pick himself, ready to fill in if necessary.”

Pollard Battling Illness

Another Ravens starter has missed practice this week.

This time it’s starting safety Bernard Pollard, who is battling an illness.

But if Tom Zbikowski is right, there isn’t much to be worried about. The backup safety said he doesn’t anticipate having to fill in for Pollard this Sunday

“No, I don’t think so,” Zibby told The Sun. “I think it’s just late in the year with sicknesses and that kind of stuff. I’m not expecting him to miss anything. He’d have his shoulder popped out or bad thumbs, and he’d play. Missing today wouldn’t be anything.”

Roethlisberger Will Play If He Can Deal With Pain

Ravens fans will keep an eye on the scoreboard this weekend as Baltimore battles Cincy.

In case things aren’t going the Ravens’ way, it’d be nice to see the Steelers struggle against the Browns.

But if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is playing, the Browns may not have a chance.

Right now, it looks like Big Ben is willing to do just about anything to be out there.

”As long as I can deal with pain, I’ll be out there,” Roethlisberger said Thursday, via ”I don’t want to let the guys down, so I’ll do what I can to be out there.”

Roethlisberger fully participated in practice Thursday and Steelers Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians is confident that his quarterback can play after watching his mobility improve.

Quick Hits

    • Like Scott in Pasadena, MD, you may be wondering how much of the Bengals’ sellout crowd will be Ravens fans. “That’s an interesting question,” writes Hensley. “Ravens fans travel better than many think. Not in the Steelers class, but Ravens fans showed up by the thousands in San Diego.” [ESPN]
    • “The biggest mismatch for Cincinnati is trying to cover Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta,” Hensley also wrote. “The Bengals have had trouble covering tight ends this season. I consider Dickson to be the x-factor for the Ravens offense.” [ESPN]
    • Rookie Torrey Smith has been forced into a critical role this season and has responded faster than expected. [The Baltimore Sun]
    • Safety Ed Reed wasn’t all that impressed with Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson’s flip last week – he only gives it a six out of 10. Reed did admit, however, that these days, the most he’d do is a cartwheel.
    • Former Baltimore Colts WR Raymond Berry will help present the Super Bowl trophy in Indy this year. @1WinningDrive asked fans what they thought of that. Check this response out: @PokerBcas I think it’s great. Then we can ship the trophy back to Baltimore in a Mayflower truck!

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