Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he’ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
The Ravens hope to avoid a letdown against the Philadelphia Eagles after a dominant win over the Cincinnati Bengals. … Backup inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe played more snaps Monday than starter Jameel McClain. … Heath Evans is trolling Joe Flacco, who, by the way, was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
New offensive concepts used by Cam Cameron propelled the Ravens offense in the season opener. … Michael Oher is one of several NFL left tackles in Clark Judge’s crosshairs. … The Ravens might not be done shuffling their offensive line. … John Clayton believes it will be difficult for teams to run on the Ravens with Haloti Ngata and Ma’ake Kemoeatu clogging the middle. … Flacco and John Harbaugh are returning to their roots.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Eagles coach Andy Reid is impressed with Flacco. … Michael Vick wants to see more balanced play-calling. … Wideout Jeremy Maclin did not practice Wednesday. … The Eagles are preparing to deal with the Ravens’ hurry-up offense. … Have defenses solved Vick? … Is Sunday a make-or-break game for Vick?
SHAMELESS PLUG(S) OF THE DAY
Here is this week’s installment of “Ravens stats that stand out,” in which I highlight the most impressive part of Flacco’s performance, Michael Vick’s propensity to take sacks, and where LeSean McCoy did his damage against the Cleveland Browns last weekend.
AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON
Manny Machado made a brilliant play in the field then scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays. … One more win and the O’s will end their frustrating string of losing seasons. … The 2013 schedule was released. … Notre Dame is joining Maryland in the ACC.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Which four players should start for the Ravens at linebacker?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun