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 have put themselves in great position heading into Sunday's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... The recently-released Jason Babin makes some sense for the Ravens, but they have to play the waiting game. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Bernard Pollard's hit against the San Diego Chargers was legal. ... Linebacker Terrell Suggs was named the team's recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that Charlie Batch is his quarterback, but there is a chance Ben Roethlisberger will return.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco bounced back against the Chargers. ... There is something special going on with the Ravens. ... Some Ray Lewis is better than none. ... The Ravens will wear their black jerseys Sunday.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The door is open for Roethlisberger to return. ... There is no way the Steelers should let Roethlisberger play against the Ravens. ... The Steelers shook up their starting lineup after fumbling eight times in a loss to the Cleveland Browns. ... The Steelers are getting contributions from a pair of seventh-round draft picks. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is taking some heat.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
In this week's "Tale of the Tape," I looked at tight end Dennis Pitta's late touchdown catch, but only because you have seen Ray Rice's crazy 4th-and-29 catch-and-run a couple hundred times already.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh appears to have avoided a suspension for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. ... The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a new contract extension. ... The Arizona Cardinals are still looking for a quarterback. ... The return of wide receiver Greg Jennings should give the Green Bay Packers a boost.
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