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Coffee Companion (12/4): your daily Ravens fix

By Matt Vensel

9:00 AM EST, December 4, 2012

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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

Linebacker Terrell Suggs has a torn biceps and is waiting for a second opinion to determine how long he will be out. ... Coach John Harbaugh said his handshake with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was not uncomfortable. ... Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and tight end Ed Dickson could return Sunday against the Washington Redskins. ... Mike Preston says the Ravens need to run the ball with running back Ray Rice.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

Quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith are frustrated by their misfires on deep throws. ... More of Rice and less of Flacco might have meant a Ravens win on Sunday. ... Forgetting Rice is a losing proposition for the Ravens. ... Free safety Ed Reed is complaining about the NFL and its rules again.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

The Redskins beat the New York Giants on Monday night. ... After taking down the Giants, maybe it's time to start taking the Redskins seriously as postseason contenders in the NFC. ... Quarterback Robert Griffin III is inspiring hope down in D.C. ... Running back Alfred Morris is thriving out of the spotlight. ... Linebacker London Fletcher toughed it out against the Giants.

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY

Here are my weekly premature NFL power rankings.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

The Steelers just want to punch a ticket to the playoffs. ... The guy who threw eggs at a New Orleans Saints bus quit his job. ... Maybe everybody just overrated San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers all along. ... Braylon Edwards defended former teammate, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. ... Is 2,000 receiving yards possible for Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson?