Patriots Gridiron News: Offensive Line Must Limit Terrell Suggs

November 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder (77) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi
November 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder (77) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi /

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will face his old nemesis Terrell Suggs when their two teams collide on Monday Night Football.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs still refuse to mention Tom Brady by name, but the New England Patriots quarterback is very much aware of the challenge Suggs presents when the two teams square off Monday night.

The edge rusher is in his 14th year in the NFL and is still a nuisance for opposing quarterbacks.  His rivalry with Brady will have him pumped up for the game and the Patriots offensive line must keep their quarterback protected by slowing down the outspoken linebacker.

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Brady knows how dangerous Suggs could by offering his praise of the Ravens defensive star.

"“It’s his 14th year. He’s been a great player for as long as he’s been in the league, and I think he just does a lot of things very well,” Brady said via the Providence Journal. “He’s got all the rush moves, he actually drops into coverage, he bats down balls, he butchers the tight ends coming off the line of scrimmage, he’s really a playmaker for their team, and it’s not just sacking the quarterback like probably most defensive ends. I think he makes plays in a lot of ways.”"

Behind Suggs, the Ravens enter with the No. 1-ranked defense and top rush defense in the NFL.  Patriots right and left tackles Marcus Cannon and Nate Solder will have their work cut out for them tonight and must play well to keep the Ravens defense from dictating what the offense does.  It all starts with slowing down Terrell Suggs.

"“You know, I think he’s a guy with a tremendous amount of talent. A guy that knows what he’s doing. A guy that’s been doing it for a long time at a very high level,” Solder said. “Well, I think the traits that pop out to you are how instinctive he is. How powerful he is. He’s got plenty of speed. He’s got plenty of moves so he really gives you a lot of different challenges.”"

One way the Patriots can keep the Ravens pass rush in check is with the screen game.  Dion Lewis and James White might play a big role in the offense Monday night.

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Kilgo was originally claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos to add some defensive line depth in case Alan Branch had to serve a four-game suspension.  The 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle was a sixth-round pick of the Broncos in the 2105 NFL Draft.  He appeared in 18 games with a total of 11 tackles.

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