Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was wise enough not to antagonize Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs before they face each other Sunday.
Carr didn’t play against Suggs last season, as the Raiders beat the Ravens, 37-33, one week after Suggs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Carr shredded the Ravens’ defense in Oakland, completing 30 of 46 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
A year later, Suggs is back, sharing the team lead in sacks (three) with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, and the Ravens are unbeaten (3-0) heading into Sunday’s game against the Raiders (2-1) at M&T Bank Stadium. Asked about Suggs during his weekly press conference, Carr said he expects to see a bust of Suggs in Canton, Ohio one day.
“Man, he’s a Hall of Famer to me,” Carr said of Suggs, via the Raiders’ website. “The guy is ridiculous. I have the utmost respect for him. I loved him when he was in college. I love watching him play in the NFL. I’m excited to compete against him because he’s just one of those guys, he’s one of the best to ever do it. So it’s exciting to play against him. Obviously, you hope he doesn’t hit you. It’s fun to watch him hit everybody else, hopefully he doesn’t get to me.”
What Carr did against the Ravens last year was no fluke. He has established himself as one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks at age 25. Among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 100 passes this season, Carr has the sixth highest quarterback rating (99.1), trailing only Matt Ryan (119.0), Philip Rivers (109.4), Drew Brees (105.1), Matthew Stafford (105.0), and Carson Wentz (103.8).
The Ravens hope to hit Carr often, especially with outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil returning for his first game since foot surgery. However, if Suggs and the Ravens don’t generate a strong pass rush against Carr, he could shred them again.
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