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 beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-10, at Heinz Field on Sunday night to take a commanding lead in the AFC North. ... Some Ravens players celebrated the win by wearing Terrible Towels on their heads on their way off the field. ... Jacoby Jones ran back another return, his third return touchdown of 2012. ... The embattled Ravens defense held it together against Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich, who started strong but faded as the game went on. ... Tight end Dennis Pitta was knocked out of the game with a concussion.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Just like old times, the Ravens won this one with their defense. ... The maligned defense carried the Ravens to a victory. ... No offense? No problem for the Ravens. ... The Ravens escaped Pittsburgh win a big win. ... Can the Ravens keep doing this?
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Tight losses to the Ravens are becoming typical for the Steelers. ... Leftwich struggled in a pinch while starting for the injured Ben Roethlisberger. ... Leftwich isn't to blame for this loss. ... A valiant performance by the Pittsburgh defense was not enough to beat Baltimore. ... The Steelers couldn't keep up with Jacoby Jones.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The New England Patriots blew out the Indianapolis Colts, but they lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to injury. ... The Houston Texans rallied to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime on Sunday. ... The Washington Redskins humiliated the Philadelphia Eagles. ... The Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed overtime to beat the Carolina Panthers. ... The Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns also went to overtime, with the Cowboys winning. ... The Cincinnati Bengals beat the lowly Kansas City Chiefs to get to 5-5.