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 Pittsburgh Steelers rallied from 10 points down to beat the Ravens on Sunday. ... The Ravens let third-string quarterback Charlie Batch throw for 276 yards in the 23-20 loss. ... Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered an arm injury in the loss. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had a terse exchange after the game. ... Mike Preston says losing to Batch and the Steelers was embarrassing.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
This loss could haunt the Ravens at season's end. ... Are the Ravens losing their grip on the AFC North title? ... The Steelers refused to let the Ravens clinch. ... The Ravens let a big opportunity slip away. ... The Steelers aren't going away.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Cooler heads prevailed for the Steelers, who capitalized on big Ravens mistakes. ... Batch somehow rallied the Steelers to a late comeback. ... Troy Polamalu returned to the field for the Steelers. ... Ray Rice's workload was a touchy subject for the Ravens. ... Was Ben Roethlisberger cleared to play against the Ravens?
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five things we learned in the loss to the Steelers.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Kansas City Chiefs won their game Sunday, a day after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself. ... The New England Patriots clinched a division title. ... The Denver Broncos clinched a division title. ... The St. Louis Rams kicked a field goal late in overtime to avoid another tie against the San Francisco 49ers. ... The Cincinnati Bengals won their game, as did the Indianapolis Colts, who won on a late touchdown.
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