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Coffee Companion (12/7): your daily Ravens fix

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 returned to practice Thursday, four days after he tore his right biceps. ... Speaking of Suggs, he was forced to surrender several firearms after a domestic case last month. ... The Ravens must stop Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and the pistol offense. ... Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said running back Ray Rice will get the ball more if the offense converts more third downs.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

How will the Ravens stop Griffin? ... The Ravens must also worry about Alfred Morris and the Redskins rushing attack. ... Ray Rice historically heats up in December. ... The Ravens know how to rebound. ... Practice squad QB Dennis Dixon is playing RGIII.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

Griffin is already taking the country by storm. ... The Redskins are wary of Torrey Smith's big-play ability. ... The Redskins have more holes to fill in their secondary. ... Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has produced since returning from his injury.

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY

We have reached another quarter pole, so I looked at snap counts and playing time trends for the Ravens through 12 games.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos kept their win streak going by beating the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. ... Raiders running back Darren McFadden hurt himself again in the loss. ... The San Diego Chargers will reportedly fire general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner. ... Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is taking a different approach. ... The Green Bay Packers brought back running back Ryan Grant.

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