By Matt Vensel
9:00 AM EST, January 8, 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 are hoping history won't repeat itself against the Denver Broncos this time around. ... Mike Preston said the Ravens should embrace the underdog role against the Broncos. ... The Ravens rolled out quarterback Joe Flacco more often than usual in Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts. ... The Ravens cut 2010 second-round pick Sergio Kindle from their practice squad Monday. ... Rookie cornerback Asa Jackson has been reinstated after his four-game suspension.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens will need more than emotion to beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos. ... The Ravens hope things will be different this time around. ... Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie earned high grades in the win over the Colts. ... Flacco was the most efficient quarterback in the wild card round. ... Safety Bernard Pollard thinks Manning is half man and half machine.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Broncos don't think the Ravens have the psychological edge. ... The Broncos are healthier after their bye week. ... The Broncos will also face a Ravens team that has gotten healthier since Week 15. ... The Broncos and Ravens are among the NFL's biggest big-play teams. ... Many Broncos got valuable playoff experience last season.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five things we learned in the win over the Colts.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has torn ligaments in his knee. ... The Kansas City Chiefs officially introduced Andy Reid as their head coach. ... The New York Jets fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. ... Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is having surgery on his finger. ... With Chris Clemons out, rookie Bruce Irvin will have to step up for the Seattle Seahawks.
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