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Coffee Companion (12/12): 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

With Cam Cameron gone, the pressure is squarely on quarterback Joe Flacco. ... Two Ravens players said Tuesday they are excited about Jim Caldwell's promotion to offensive coordinator. ... Rookie cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended four games after testing positive for Adderall. ... Linebacker Terrell Suggs reached a custody agreement with his fiancee. ... Coach John Harbaugh wants to see better tackling.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

Jim Caldwell can fix the Ravens offense in these four easy steps. ... Running back Ray Rice doesn't expect a drastic increase in his carries with Caldwell replacing Cameron. ... The Ravens didn't use the no-huddle offense often against the Washington Redskins, but when they did it was effective. ... Cameron did some good things in the community while he was here.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

The Denver Broncos have struggled against the Ravens, but the opposite has been the case for new quarterback Peyton Manning. ... Linebacker Von Miller is on the edge of Broncos history. ... Are the Broncos built to win on the road? ... Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein has flashed versatility and made some big plays lately.

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY 

In this week's "Tale of the Tape," I looked at Cam Cameron's final drive with the Ravens, which perhaps fittingly was a three-and-out.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

Paul Tagliabue cleared the New Orleans Saints players of their punishments in the Bountygate case. ... The Pittsburgh Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall one game for conduct detrimental to the team. ... New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will reportedly try to practice this week. ... The Houston Texans will have to deal with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday.

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