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After returning to the football field just five months after tearing his Achilles, Terrell Suggs did what many considered to be a medical miracle.
Also playing with torn biceps, Suggs has been a shell of his former self this season. Last year’s Defensive Player of the Year, Suggs recorded only 22 tackles and two sacks in the eight games he suited up for in the regular season.
While Suggs is pretty much playing with one good leg and one good arm, he is also one of the league’s fiercest competitors and will play through the pain to help his team Saturday.
For opposing pass rushers, sacking Manning has been difficult this season—the Broncos’ offensive line only allowed 21 sacks in the regular season.
One reason Suggs will get to Manning Saturday is the emergence of Paul Kruger as a pass rushing threat opposite of Suggs. In his last nine games (including the postseason), Kruger has sacked the quarterback 10 times.
With the emergence of Kruger as Baltimore’s top pass rusher, Denver will focus more on him, which will give Suggs one-on-one matchups that he will exploit.
Look for Suggs, who has some of his best performances in the biggest of games, to be all over the field Saturday.