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Coffee Companion (12/19): your daily Ravens fix

By Matt Vensel

9:00 AM EST, December 19, 2012

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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 head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that the Ravens have to run the ball better. ... Harbaugh also explained why the Ravens didn't call a timeout before Joe Flacco's interception late in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos. ... The Ravens added running back Lonyae Miller to their practice squad.

RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US

Can the Ravens salvage their season? ... Is the Super Bowl still within reach? ... More criticism could be ahead for Harbaugh if his team's struggles continue. ... Tight end Dennis Pitta had a career day in Sunday's loss. ... Flacco should remain in the team's plans.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

The New York Giants need Eli Manning to lead them down the stretch. ... The Giants have to improve if they want to get back to Super Bowl form. ... The Giants plan to "go out there and fight" at M&T Bank Stadium. ... Turnovers have been huge for the Giants. ... Victor Cruz on Tuesday visited the family of a young Giants fan who was among those killed in last week's Newtown shooting.

SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY  

In this week's "Tale of the Tape" post, I took a look at Joe Flacco's back-breaking pick-six from Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Broncos.

OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE

The New York Jets have benched quarterback Mark Sanchez. ... The Titans plan to keep Chris Johnson. ... The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Cincinnati Bengals without cornerback Ike Taylor. ... Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should be Rookie of the Year. ... Eric Wood hopes the Buffalo Bills stop playing in Canada. ... New details have emerged in the Jovan Belcher case.