December 18, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens line backer Terrell Suggs (55) waits for the snap by San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Terrell Suggs Out for Season, AFC Gets a Little Easier

Reports have come out this morning of Terrell Suggs tearing his Achilles tendon while playing basketball. That’s a huge blow to the stout Baltimore Ravens defense, losing last years Defensive Player of the Year.

It sounds as if he’ll be undergoing surgery to repair it ASAP but he should end up missing the entire season. It’s unfortunate and I wish him the best of luck. Always terrible to see a player get an injury like that, especially before the season has even started. But on to what this article is really about…

The AFC just got a heck of a lot kinder.

Yes, the Ravens still have a lot of play makers but half of them will be considering retirement very soon. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are both on their way out. That’s a lot of talent gone right there. The Raven’s do have some new young guys they be looking to use, such as Sergio Kindle and Courtney Upshaw. Those are still unknown factors though.

Last year the Ravens were either hot or cold, completely stuffing a teams offense or being run over by them. Mostly they were hot. I wouldn’t count on it being the same this year.

That gives the AFC some breathing room, making it a little bit more of a competition as to who will be getting all those playoff seeds, especially when looking at the AFC North. Looks like the Cincinnati Bengals odds just got that much better…


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