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 hope that a few quality drives against the Cleveland Browns will help their offense build some momentum. … Mike Preston thinks the Ravens need to keep running the ball Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. … Offensive guards Marshal Yanda and Bobbie Williams got banged up in the win over the Browns, but their injuries are believed to be minor. … Linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t expected back inside the practice facility any time soon. … The Ravens have found inspiration in former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports believes the Ravens will hang on to win the AFC North. … Running back Ray Rice says the Ravens have never been “fancy” while winning games. … Comparing how Rice and Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson played on Sunday. … A combination of factors has led to the struggles of the passing attack. … The Ravens made some subtle tweaks along the defensive line in the victory against the Browns.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen needs to start coaching now. … Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, a native of Oakland, ran all over the Raiders in the second half Sunday. … Did the Raiders get greedy against the Buccaneers? … The Raiders had no choice but to ask quarterback Carson Palmer to throw 61 times against the Buccaneers. … Raiders running back Darren McFadden is likely out for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
I looked at the snap counts from the past four games to see which playing time trends are developing with certain Ravens players.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The New Orleans beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. … Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had to respond to a few crazy tweets from his brother after the game. … The Kansas City Chiefs shook things up, cutting cornerback Stanford Routt and hiring a defensive coordinator. … Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is “embarrassed” by his team. … Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Mike Wallace is accepting his role in the short passing game.