In the Week 15 Sunday Night Football matchup between Baltimore and Jacksonville, the Ravens conquered the home of the Jaguars and beat them 23-7 strengthening their lead atop the AFC and clinching a postseason berth for the 11th time in 28 years of Ravens football.
As is usually the case, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was his extraordinary self, only this time more on tape than on paper (he completed 14 of 24 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 97 yards), although one player on the other side of the ball was the difference-making man for the Flock.
That is, of course, the unstoppable wrecking ball known as Justin Madubuike. The defensive tackle once more bagged himself a sack, forced a fumble on that play, reached 12 sacks on the season, and tied the NFL record for most consecutive games with at least 0.5 sacks at 11 straight.
Throughout the whole game, Beeks also notched four quarterback hits while applying constant pressure on the Jaguars offensive line and opposing quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The 12th sack of Madubuike's 2023 season came in the fourth quarter with the Ravens in possession of a sizable 13-point lead but facing a 3rd-and-10 down on their own 25-yard line that could have put the Jaguars in a serious scoring position had they completed the play.
By disrupting the play and beating his assignment, Madubuike reached and sacked Lawrence, forced a fumble, and helped teammate Patrick Queen earn himself a token in the recovered fumble column as the latter was able to scoop the loose ball.
Madubuike, playing his fourth pro season this year and about to enter free agency next March (yes, you read that right, the Ravens passed on activating his rookie-deal fifth-year option...), has now tied the NFL record for most consecutive games with at least a half sack.
The record, which spans 11 consecutive games, is shared by three different players including Madubuike, with Chris Jones (2018), and Trey Hendrickson (2021) being the only two other men capable of keeping up such a monstrous streak of sacking foes.
Madubuike got the sole Ravens' sack in the Week 15 game, as well as getting all four quarterback hits against the Jaguars.
Beeks will have his chance at breaking the record on Christmas Day against the 49ers, and the only thing he will have to do for that to happen is bring down Mr. Irrelevant once next Monday. Nothing "Baby Aaron Donald," as Lamar Jackson calls Madubuike (per NBC), can't do.