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Coffee Companion (9/28): your daily Ravens fix

By Matt Vensel

The Baltimore Sun

9:15 AM EDT, September 28, 2012

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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

Cornerback Cary Williams returned an interception for a touchdown Thursday night as the Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns, 23-16. … Wide receiver Anquan Boldin had a big second half in the victory. … The offensive line took a step back against the Browns. … Linebacker Paul Kruger was called for a late personal foul on Browns tackle Joe Thomas, then he called him a flopper afterward. … The returning refs got a loud ovation.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

It was a familiar script Thursday night when the Ravens beat the Browns, their ninth straight win against them. … Baltimore’s resiliency has stood out in the first four games of the season. … Ray Rice deferred to Joe Flacco in the win. … Jamal Lewis got goosebumps while getting inducted in the Ring of Honor.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

The young Browns rediscovered their pride against the Ravens. … A night of low expectations for the Browns instead brings some optimism. … Pieces of the Browns’ puzzle are starting to emerge. ... The Ravens demonstrated the value of winning at home.

SHAMELESS PLUG(S) OF THE DAY

Here are five things we learned from Thursday night’s win.

AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON

Peter Schmuck says the Orioles, who had Thursday night off, can’t look ahead to the postseason, but we can. … Is their lack of playoff experience a good thing or a bad thing for the Orioles? … The next project for Hank Haney, the former swing coach for Tiger Woods, is Olympic icon Michael Phelps. … Michael Andretti isn’t sure if the Baltmore Grand Prix will return next year.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What encourages you most about this Ravens team so far?