One week after an active, aggressive game against the
Ngata had one tackle in the first quarter of a 34-17 loss to Denver, tackling running back
"Watching film, I feel like sometimes I can make plays where I'm not making plays or get off blocks where I'm not getting off blocks," Ngata said. "That just goes with getting the strength back and practicing it."
Ngata said he's getting closer to being fully recovered from injuries that limited him throughout the season and prompted coach
Ngata has dealt with a sprained right medial collateral ligament in his right knee and a right shoulder injury.
He's no longer listed on the injury report.
"Yeah, I'm getting there," Ngata said. "I'm actually starting to feel better and better. And I think against the Redskins and last week, I actually felt pretty good, and hopefully, I can continue to get back to where I want to be and play some dominant football."
For the season, the Pro Bowl defensive lineman has 47 tackles and four sacks.
Ngata signed a five-year, $61 million contract last year that included a $25 million signing bonus.
The Ravens have been plagued by injuries all season, including top cornerback
"We definitely had an injury bug this year, but we had guys step up and make some plays for us," Ngata said. "And hopefully, we can get some guys back and see what we can do there and just have a great week of practice."
"Definitely, I feel like if we can get healthy, we could have a good run in the playoffs. And so, if we can do that, then definitely, I think we can do some things in the playoffs."
Ngata agreed with free safety
The Ravens alllowed 350 yards of total offense and 21 first downs as Moreno gained 118 yards and scored a touchdown while being named the
"Yeah, I think anybody would be embarrassed with that performance," Ngata said. "I think we, as a defense, have a lot of pride and know that we can play better. Hopefully we can have a great week of practice and show that on Sunday."
Heading into the Ravens' final regular-season home game Sunday against the
The Ravens were booed by the fans during the Denver game.
"I think us and the fans have a lot of pride in having that homefield advantage," Ngata said. "And us as players haven't shown as a team that we're a good home team lately. So hopefully, we can pick that back up and end it off with a win.
"Definitely. I think we have the pieces and we definitely have the guys that can do it. We've just been playing inconsistently, and hopefully, we can just get back to the type of football we know we can."