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Coffee Companion (10/15): your daily Ravens fix

By Matt Vensel

The Baltimore Sun

9:33 AM EDT, October 15, 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

The Ravens were able to hold on late to beat the Dallas Cowboys, 31-29, on Sunday. … But it was a costly win, as cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Ray Lewis could be lost for the season with injuries. … Haloti Ngata also left Sunday’s game with an injury, but returned and appears to be OK. … The Ravens are searching for answers after they allowed more rushing yards Sunday than they have ever allowed in a game. … Kevin Cowherd says the Ravens defense doesn't scare anyone anymore. … Jacoby Jones scored on a 108-yard kickoff return. … Despite the injuries, Mike Preston believes a higher power is watching over the Ravens.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

The Ravens didn’t find a way to win; the Cowboys found a way to blow it. … The Cowboys dominated the Ravens and should have won. … The Ravens were good enough to overcome their shaky defense again, but how long will it last? … Like the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cowboys had the Ravens on the run. … In winning ugly, the Ravens are becoming the NFL's ultimate survivors. … The revamped offensive line stepped up against the Cowboys. … Here’s a look at how Ray Lewis played before he got hurt.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

The Cowboys should have won. … Quarterback Tony Romo put the Cowboys in position to win. … The Cowboys lost a heart-breaker, but they found their running game. … Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey finally showed that he is human. … One play clouded an otherwise spectacular day for Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. … Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray reportedly strained his foot and cornerback Morris Claiborne tweaked his knee. … Dumb mistakes doomed the Cowboys again. … If Jason Garrett is so smart, then why doesn’t his team play that way?

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY

Here are five things we learned in Sunday’s victory.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

The Houston Texans, whom the Ravens play this weekend, got pummeled by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. … The Cleveland Browns finally earned their first win, and they got it from the Cincinnati Bengals. … The New England Patriots lost to the Seattle Seahawks to fall to 3-3. … Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins to a win over the Minnesota Vikings. … The New York Giants thumped the San Francisco 49ers.