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
It's only fitting that the path to the Super Bowl goes through Foxborough again. ... Backup linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo apologized for comments he made about the New England Patriots on Sunday. ... Joe Linta, the agent for quarterback Joe Flacco, praised his player in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. ... The confidence of rookie kicker Justin Tucker relaxed his teammates. ... The Ravens have made running the ball a priority.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens want their revenge to come from winning, and not from their words. ... The Ravens offensive line continued to impress on Saturday. ... Cornerback Corey Graham said joining the Ravens was among the best decisions he has ever made. ... How did Flacco's performance on Sunday affect his contract? ... Are the Ravens the most dangerous team left in the playoffs?
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Patriots had nothing to say about Ayanbadejo's comments on Monday. ... The Patriots adjust and thrive when problems arise. ... Running back Shane Vereen came to the rescue for the Patriots on Sunday. ... Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui suddenly has a job to do. ... The Patriots brought back Brian Daboll to assist offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
The Patriots defense has changed for the better since Week 3.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Denver Broncos might retool their defense after losing to the Ravens. ... The Cleveland Browns are expected to sell the naming rights to their stadium. ... Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak says he still has faith in quarterback Matt Schaub after losing to the Patriots on Sunday. ... The Kansas City Chiefs don't plan to reach for a quarterback with the top pick. ... Matt Flynn of the Seattle Seahawks could be an option for teams looking for a quarterback.