Ravens’ Suggs thrives on being “bad guy” in Pittsburgh

November 02, 2011 | Luke Jones

And Suggs isn’t betting on the path to the Super Bowl changing this season despite the Ravens and Steelers completing their regular-season series a few weeks before Thanksgiving.

“We are definitely going to have to see these guys again,” Suggs said. “But, every team has that. Peyton Manning had to go through New England. King [LeBron] James has to go through Boston. [Michael] Jordan had to go through the Pistons. We are definitely going to have to see them again, especially to achieve what we want to achieve.”

In order for Suggs to stay firmly on the path to grabbing that championship belt, the Ravens will have to knock their biggest enemy to the mat for the second straight time. And they’ll have to do it in a place that’s been a house of horrors when all the chips are pushed to the middle of the table.

Suggs and the Ravens aren’t backing down, evident in the linebacker’s comments imploring injured Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward — and his smile — to return to action this Sunday after being sidelined with a calf injury.

It was just like the bad guy offering his hand in friendship when everyone watching knows his true intention is to sock his opponent right in the mouth.

“It’s a fight,” Suggs said. “There is no other way to describe it. This is a heavyweight fight, just like it was in Week 1. But, like I said, who’s better for the job than us — the bad guy?”

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