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
As the 5-2 Ravens head into the bye week, the secret is out on their struggling defense. … Linebacker Terrell Suggs' quick return from a torn Achilles tendon goes against recent history. … Linebacker Courtney Upshaw is no longer being fined for being overweight. … Linebacker Sergio Kindle isn't frustrated by his demotion to the practice squad. … Fullback Vonta Leach had a limited role in Sunday's 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
How do the Ravens overcome a big loss? … Joe Flacco was one of the league's worst quarterbacks on Sunday. … Ravens coach John Harbaugh is pleased with the contributions he has gotten from his rookie class. … Teammates marveled at what Suggs was able to do Sunday. … Photographing Suggs isn't an easy task. … Wide receiver Torrey Smith was a hit in Hanover, Pa.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
With the Ravens now on their bye, I will retire this section until next week. To tide you over, here are pictures of Ravens cheerleaders.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Since we're at the (unofficial) halfway point of the season, I got a little nostalgic and looked back at the five most memorable plays of the season. Check it out and let me know which play I left out.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out safety Troy Polamalu for another game. … Mike Holmgren is weighing his options after getting fired by the Cleveland Browns. … Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is out for the season. … Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams may need wrist surgery. … Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not undergo surgery on his foot. … The Houston Texans need a new scoreboard (insert your own joke about Sunday's game here).