By Matt Vensel
9:00 AM EST, January 9, 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
Running back Ray Rice on Tuesday vowed to be smarter after his playoff struggles continued. ... Linebacker Ray Lewis said he meant no disrespect to the Indianapolis Colts when he danced at midfield after Sunday's win. ... The underdog label doesn't sit well with the Ravens heading into their game against the Denver Broncos. ... Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe says he is on the mend. ... Peter Schmuck thinks the NFL should use instant replay to confirm helmet-to-helmet hits.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Like Lewis, Rice wants to play his whole career in Baltimore, too. ... Lewis said his dance was a tribute to his fans. ... Here are five changes since the last time the Ravens and Broncos met. ... Quarterback Joe Flacco has moved on from his pick-six in the last meeting. ... Linebacker Paul Kruger has bounced back from an early injury to become a dynamic pass rusher.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is still getting used to wearing a glove on his throwing hand. ... Saturday's game is the next step in Manning's remarkable comeback. ... It is also the last time that Manning and Lewis will duke it out. ... The Broncos should be concerned about playing the Ravens. ... Running back Willis McGahee is ready to return if the Broncos win. ... The Broncos had an intense full-pad workout Tuesday.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
In this week's Tale of the Tape post, I looked at Dennis Pitta's touchdown catch-and-run in the win over the Colts.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will have surgery on his injured knee on Wednesday. ... The Dallas Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. ... Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is drawing interest from the Philadelphia Eagles. ... It looks as if former Ravens kicker Steven Hauschka is headed to injured reserve. ... The New York Jets have become an even bigger joke.
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