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
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he was stunned by the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. ... Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain has already been ruled out for Sunday's game with a neck injury. ... Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said that Jim Caldwell helped him take his game to another level. ... Ray Rice said he would vote for Manning over Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for Comeback Player of the Year. ... The Ravens will likely consider other offensive coordinator candidates after the season. ... The Ravens promoted safety Omar Brown from the practice squad.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Flacco's contract and the team's title hopes ride on the quarterback's ability to handle adversity. ... Don't expect major changes with Caldwell calling the plays. ... Arthur Jones and Paul Kruger are carrying the Ravens pass rush. ... The Ravens are reluctant to call on Bryant McKinnie.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
If Ray Lewis isn't the scariest man in the NFL, then maybe it is Manning. ... The Broncos are preparing for a heaping helping of Ravens running back Ray Rice. ... Linebacker Von Miller is a game-wrecker. ... The Ravens defense will challenge the Broncos inside the red zone.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five Ravens stats that stand out this week.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is optimistic about his chances to play this weekend. ... Injured Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is still weighing his options. ... The Houston Texans are thankful for a short week after getting whooped by the New England Patriots on Monday. ... Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is really good at faking handoffs. ... Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley thinks the Bears are better without Brian Urlacher.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun