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
Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie is facing another lawsuit demanding payment for an unpaid debt, this time for allegedly running up a hefty tab at two Miami strip clubs. … The Ravens are fifth in the NFL in average yards per rush, but because they throw so often, they rank just 19th overall in total rushing yards.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Sunday's game in Cleveland is suddenly a must-win for the Ravens. … Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson have become less involved in the offense in recent weeks. … Ravens coach John Harbaugh is counting on a strong second half. … Are the Arizona Cardinals interested in trading for McKinnie?
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Cleveland Browns are starting to build some momentum. … The Browns are a miracle run away from making the playoffs. … Rookie running back Trent Richardson is up for a couple of weekly awards after his rushing performance against the San Diego Chargers. … The Ravens are enduring plenty of tumult heading into Sunday's game against the Browns.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
I chatted with Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal about the Browns, who are playing better since we last saw them.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Philadelphia Eagles are sticking with Michael Vick at quarterback for the time being. … Victor Cruz and the New York Giants are closing in on a new deal. … St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher claims that running back Steven Jackson isn't going anywhere. … The Detroit Lions acquired wide receiver Mike Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars. … Are the Jaguars trying to acquire quarterback Tim Tebow from the New York Jets?