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Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that preparing for Deion Branch, recently acquired by the Patriots, is no different than preparing for Randy Moss. ... The Ravens will have their hands full Sunday in trying to beat the Patriots, who are dangerous coming off a bye week. ... Buck Showalter had knee surgery, so decisions about the Orioles coaching staff have been put on hold. ... Cliff Lee pitched the Rangers past the Rays, and the ALCS matchups have been set.

Hitting the links:

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1. The Ravens top the power rankings of another prominent national website [FOX Sports]

2. The Ravens are second, behind the Steelers, in ESPN's rankings [ESPN]

3. Mike Preston answers reader questions about the goal-line situation and "Joe Erratic" [Baltimore Sun]

4. The Patriots are driven by their 2009 playoff debacle [Boston Herald]

5. Ray Rice was the AFC North's "high energy" player of the week [ESPN]

6. Peter Schmuck: Don't be deluded -- the Patriots aren't weaker without Randy Moss [Baltimore Sun]

7. The Ravens are triggering opponent penalties [Ravens.com]

8. The NFL's elite teams, the Ravens included, have vulnerabilities [Washington Post]

9. Brian Matusz is in the mix for the AL Rookie of the Year award [Camden Crazies]

10. Are the Orioles interested in Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima? [MASN]

11. Considering the Orioles' options at shortstop [Camden Chat]

12. The 2010 Phillies remind this columnist of the old-school Orioles [The Oklahoman]

13. To complete "the comeback," the Terps seek a win over the Clemson Tigers [Baltimore Sun]

14. Michal Neuvirth loves him some home cooking at Verizon Center [Japers' Rink]

15. Jason Whitlock: The Brett Favre situation makes us confront sexism [FOX Sports]

You said it:

"The good news is that Flacco does not have a large ego. A QB with a large ego would have a harder time dealing with a receiving corp and a couple RB's with large ego's themselves. This club is lucky that it's Flacco; only a guy that laid back could deal with that play-in-and-play-out without hitting the bottle..." -- Blue Hen thinks that few quarterbacks could juggle egos as well as Joe Flacco

Today's water cooler question (your response could be published in b):

What is the toughest decision Buck Showalter has to make this offseason?

Video of the morning:

Ravens players Brandon McKinney and Jameel McClain need to work on their golf games

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, leads, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I'll give you a plug. You can reach me at matt@bthesite.com, twitter.com/mattvensel and facebook.com/VirtualVensanity.

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