(SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Ravens' defense may not be as feared as it once was, but thanks to linebacker Terrell Suggs, it is still a dangerous one.
Coming off a three-sack performance, Suggs will lead the Ravens on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium against a Green Bay Packers club that will be without its star linebacker in Clay Matthews.
The Ravens saw a large turnover on the defensive side of the ball following their Super Bowl victory last season, most notably losing linebacker Ray Lewis to retirement and safety Ed Reed in free agency. That left the 30-year- old Suggs as the leader of the unit and he has responded with a solid season so far.
Looking to hold off the Miami Dolphins for a much-needed road win last Sunday, Suggs came up with three fourth-quarter sacks, giving the defense six on the day, and the Ravens kept their grip on a 26-23 victory.
Suggs has logged seven sacks this season and Baltimore ranks second in the NFL with 19 as a team.
"We do a lot of reps in practice, so you have to be in tremendous shape," Suggs said. "We knew coming down here (to Miami) it was going to be a little hot, a little sticky. Hydration was also a big key. It's all part of playing Ravens football."
Baltimore's endurance helped it overcome a 13-6 deficit at halftime. Justin Tucker hit four field goals, with his 44-yarder with 1:42 remaining serving as the game-winner.
Joe Flacco completed 19-of-32 passes for 269 yards and running back Ray Rice finished with 74 yards on 27 carries with a pair of touchdowns for the Ravens, who were coming off a 23-20 loss at Buffalo and won on the road for the first time in three tries this season.
After picking up the road victory, the Ravens will try to extend their home winning streak over the NFC to 14 straight games dating back to the 2006 season. They have allowed just 15 points in their two victories in Baltimore this season and have won 26 of their last 29 regular-season home games under head coach John Harbaugh.
Baltimore will now try to keep Green Bay from picking up its first road win of the 2013 season. The Packers have split their first four contests, picking up two victories at home while suffering road setbacks to San Francisco and Cincinnati.
Green Bay had its bye week following a 34-30 loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 22, but bounced back with a dominating 22-9 win over the visiting Detroit Lions last Sunday.
Mason Crosby hit five field goals to tie a single-game franchise record, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 274 yards. That included an 83-yard touchdown pass to James Jones, who ended with four catches for 127 yards.
Running back Eddie Lacy was also solid in Green Bay's ninth straight victory at home and 23rd straight at Lambeau Field versus Detroit, rushing for 99 yards.
"This was a good division victory for us in front of the home crowd," said Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy. "Coming off the bye week we wanted to come out with a strong effort, and I think we had that here today. Would have been nice to find the end zone a little more, but I thought we did an excellent job on defense."
Green Bay totaled 449 yards, while Detroit had just 286. Linebacker Nick Perry had two sacks and Matthews added five tackles and one sack, but suffered a broken thumb in the contest.
Matthews had three sacks in four games this year after logging 13 a season ago despite missing four games with a hamstring injury. His latest injury will sideline him for "multiple weeks" according to McCarthy.