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
With Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, the Ravens have now lost two games in a row for the first time since 2009. ... The Ravens are headed in the wrong direction right now. ... Guard Marshal Yanda and linebacker Jameel McClain were injured in the loss. ... The special teams unit had a breakdown at the worst possible time Sunday. ... The Ravens actually got their running game going against the Redskins. ... Linebacker Terrell Suggs did not play Sunday due to his torn biceps.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Joe Flacco and the Ravens couldn't seal the deal. ... The Ravens shouldn't have let this one slip away. ... The Ravens have lost two straight games, but they say they aren't in trouble. ... Backup quarterbacks have beaten the Ravens in back-to-back games. ... Were the Ravens too passive in the game's final minute?
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Redskins rallied to win for Robert Griffin III, who "hopefully" will be OK after injuring his knee Sunday. ... The Redskins have become viable playoff contenders. ... It was a win for the ages for the Redskins. ... The Redskins are confident in Kirk Cousins if RGIII is sidelined with his knee injury.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five things we learned in Sunday's loss.OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Pittsburgh Steelers also lost Sunday, as did the Cincinnati Bengals. ... In fact, the Cleveland Browns were the only AFC North team to win Sunday, which hadn't happened since 2009. ... With yet another comeback, the Indianapolis Colts inched closer to a playoff spot. ... The Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons. ... The Green Bay Packers won again on Sunday night. ... Hey, look, the Philadelphia Eagles finally won another game.