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
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that “none of us know” when linebacker Terrell Suggs will return from his injury. … The Ravens need to start faster on offense. … Mike Preston says Ray Rice remains the focal point of the Ravens offense. … Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo played foosball with the Governor.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens aren’t worried about style points. … The Ravens relied on the right leg of Justin Tucker in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs. … Cary Williams is no longer the weakest link in the Baltimore secondary. … Pass protection was spotty in the team’s first test against a 3-4 defense. … Like the Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers also think the Philadelphia Eagles play dirty.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Dallas Cowboys are ready for a fresh start. … Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr said the Cowboys had a sense of urgency during Monday’s practice. … The Cowboys praised Ed Reed for his playmaking ability. The Cowboys hope to avoid turnovers on Sunday. … Former Maryland center Phil Costa is trying to regain his spot in the starting lineup.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are my weekly premature power rankings. What do you think? Was I too easy on the Ravens after the win over the Chiefs?
AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON
The Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 3-2, on Monday night to tie the American League Divisional Series at one game apiece. … Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen got the job done against the Yankees. … Peter Angelos made a rare appearance in the clubhouse after the win. … Dan Duquette is relishing his role in the Orioles’ resurgence. … Kevin Cowherd says that the past two nights are proof that Baltimore is a baseball town again.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun