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 offensive coordinator Cam Cameron defended his use of running back Ray Rice on Thursday. … The Ravens are still waiting for a few high draft picks on defense to emerge. … Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata sat out Thursday’s practice. … Offensive lineman Jah Reid is preparing to get some playing time at left guard. … Mike Preston writes that the Ravens are at a crossroads here at the midpoint of the 2012 regular season.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens acknowledged that Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is a tough guy to bring down. … Defensive end Pernell McPhee is disappointed in his play. … Bad defense usually isn’t a good thing for the Ravens. … Nose tackle Terrence Cody could take on an expanded role. … Linebacker Terrell Suggs said the loss of linebacker Ray Lewis was catastrophic.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Richardson is feeling good and is eager to face the Ravens run defense. … Richardson was flattered that Rice spoke highly of him earlier in the week. … Browns cornerback Joe Haden, who sat out the last game between these two teams, thinks he can make a difference in Sunday's game. … Browns safety T.J. Ward is a sure tackler. … Here are five keys for the Browns on Sunday.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
The Ravens have run all over Cleveland Browns Stadium.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The San Diego Chargers beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. … The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dealt troubled cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots before Thursday’s trade deadline. … New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck says the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line gets away with murder. … Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is looking forward to matching up with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. … Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is having another strong season, but he is still leaning toward retirement.