By Matt Vensel
9:00 AM EST, January 2, 2013
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
The Ravens, who have lost four of their last five games, aren't worried about a lack of momentum entering the playoffs. ... Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wouldn't say Monday if linebacker Ray Lewis will be activated for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. ... Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't going anywhere this year. ... Mike Preston says the Ravens have to run the ball to beat the Colts.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Is the holy war with the Colts over? ... The Ravens have never been one-and-done in the playoffs under John Harbaugh. ... How much does momentum entering the playoffs really matter? ... Harbaugh is not a fan of shenanigans.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Here is how the Colts got to where they are today. ... Sunday's game has storylines galore. ... More than half of the active roster has not played in the playoffs. ... Colts wide receiver and returner T.Y. Hilton is a little man who makes big plays. ... Bruce Arians, who steered the ship when Chuck Pagano was away, could attract attention from teams who are looking for a new head coach.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
I haven't done a damn thing in like 10 days -- I was on vacation -- but my colleague Jeff Zrebiec handed out season superlatives.OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Arizona Cardinals are interviewing head coach candidates, and Andy Reid will be one of them. ... The Cleveland Browns are one of a bunch of teams looking for a new head coach, and they reportedly have eyes for Oregon coach Chip Kelly. ... Lovie Smith, who was fired by the Chicago Bears, might have kept his job had they made the playoffs. ... The Pittsburgh Steelers are bracing for change after a .500 season. ... Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson has been cleared to play this weekend.
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