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
As the Ravens enter a tough four-game stretch to end the season, they could get linebacker Ray Lewis back soon but might have to move forward without Terrell Suggs. ... Quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith were not on the same page in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... The Ravens will have their hands full with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III this weekend.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Sunday's game against the Redskins will be a crossroads moment for the Ravens. ... Flacco continues to be inconsistent in his contract season. ... Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is key to the Ravens pass defense. ... Defensive end Pernell McPhee is back in the lineup and hungry for more playing time.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Redskins are cultivating a winning mindset. ... Griffin is once again a nominee for NFL Rookie of the Week. ... Running back Alfred Morris runs the ball and not his mouth. ... The Redskins aren't resting on their laurels. ... Cornerback Cedric Griffin has been suspended four games by the NFL.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here is what they are saying about the Ravens, and also what I am saying about those people's opinions.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Former Ravens tight end Todd Heap was released by the Arizona Cardinals. ... Chuck Pagano could be on the Indianapolis Colts sideline soon. ... The New York Jets are sticking with Mark Sanchez at quarterback. ... Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher could miss the rest of the regular season with a hamstring injury. ... The New England Patriots placed wide receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun