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Coffee Companion (10/3): your daily Ravens fix

Baltimore RavensFootballBernard PierceCam CameronDrew BreesJohn Harbaugh

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

Mike Preston thinks Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has done a good job so far this season. … Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded to former teammate and Ravens center Matt Birk, who has come out against same-sex marriage legislation. … The son of Colts great Johnny Unitas is encouraging New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to break his father’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

Jamison Hensley thinks Ed Reed is earning a new contract. … Here are some key questions facing the Ravens as they head into the season’s second quarter. … Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects wide receiver Tandon Doss to remain involved in the offense. … The stock of Bernard Pierce and others is on the rise.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is reportedly losing the support of his teammates, but is Brady Quinn really a better option? … No matter who is under center, the Chiefs need to get a grip on those turnovers. … There could be a banner flying above Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday calling for Cassel to be benched.

SHAMELESS PLUG(S) OF THE DAY

In this week’s “Tale of the Tape” post, I broke down Bernard Pierce’s 21-yard run against the Cleveland Browns, a run that showed why the Ravens rookie running back should be a good fit as a chance-of-pace to Ray Rice in the team's offensive scheme.

AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON

Miguel Gonzalez pitched a gem as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0, on Tuesday night. … Chris Davis hit another home run, giving him seven in six games. … Chris Tillman will start tonight’s season finale, and here is a quick look at what is on the line. … Jason Hammel got the green light to pitch in the postseason.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Who has been the league’s best player in the first four weeks?

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