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
New offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell won't make many major changes to the Ravens offense. ... Caldwell plans to call plays from the booth, not the sideline. ... Linebacker Ray Lewis practiced on Thursday. ... If Ray Lewis can't play, Josh Bynes may be in line to wear the green dot against the Denver Broncos. ... Linebacker Terrell Suggs said he will again be a game-time decision Sunday.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Jim Caldwell's challenge is getting quarterback Joe Flacco back on track. ... Caldwell has the respect of his players. ... Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said that Ed Reed is still the best safety in the NFL. ... Defensive coordinator Dean Pees is making the best out of a patchwork defense.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker give Denver a dynamic duo at wide receiver. ... Fines won't keep Broncos linebacker Von Miller from playing his game. ... Miller and defensive end Elvis Dumervil are like brothers. ... Cornerback Champ Bailey may be the one trying to slow down Anquan Boldin. ... Special teams could be the phase that changes Sunday's game.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Caldwell helped Peyton Manning take his game to the next level.
The Cincinnati Bengals pulled away in the second half to blow out the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. ... Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be a game-time decision Sunday. ... New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt said Gregg Williams is full of baloney. ... Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a sprained knee. ... Steven Jackson doesn't think this will be his last season in St. Louis.