Madubuike leads Ravens’ sack attack

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike made history against the Jaguars in Week 11.

Madubuike tied Jared Allen, Chris Jones, Trey Hendrickson and Shaun Ellis for the longest streak of consecutive games (11) with at least a half-sack in NFL history.

Madubuike (2023) Hendrickson (2021) and Jones (2018) own the longest such streak in a single season. Madubuike (12) also became the first Ravens player to record 12 or more sacks since outside linebackers Terrell Suggs (12) and Elvis Dumervil (17) in 2014.

Those are players Madubuike studied extensively as a young player.

Those are guys that I watch film on,” he said. “When I was a rookie, when I was [in my] second year [and] even my third year, I watched film on [them]. I wanted to just keep elevating my game every year, and it’s showing now. [The fact that] I’m in the conversation with those guys is huge. It just makes me more hungry to want to stay there.

“It makes me more hungry to want to keep working harder. My mom was texting me [and] calling me [saying], ‘Congratulations.’ I was like, ‘No mom, this is [just] the beginning.’ I love this game, and I love playing with these guys. I love this team. It’s great.” 

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws the ball as he is tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (92) late in the third quarter. By Bob Self, Florida Times-Union

Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is second on the team in sacks with 7 1/2, followed by fellow linebackers Kyle Van Noy (6) and Odafe Oweh (4).

Baltimore has produced a sack in 35 consecutive games, extending the NFL’s longest active streak. It also marks the longest streak in franchise history.

The Ravens have 50 sacks this season, the most in the NFL and the second most in their single-season history, trailing only the 2006 season (60).

Dumervil has the most sacks for the Ravens in a season with 17 in 2014.

It might be challenging for Madubuike to break that record, but that’s not on his mind.

“I’m just out there trying to make plays [and] help my team win,” Madubuike said. “That’s just what the bottom line is, and I’m glad both happened. We got a win, but [I give] all glory to God, honestly. Just hard work in the offseason, just a lot of sacrifices being made [are] just paying off. This [isn’t over]. We [aren’t] done yet.”

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