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
Linebacker Jameel McClain is out for the season with a spinal cord contusion. ... The Ravens can still choose their own adventure when it comes to their postseason aspirations. ... If the Ravens win on Sunday, they will be the AFC North champions. ... Linebacker Terrell Suggs played through pain against the Denver Broncos. ... Ravens head coach John Harbaugh defended Anquan Boldin for his unnecessary roughness penalty.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens don't take solace in their playoff berth. ... Harbaugh said the Ravens deserved to be booed in Sunday's loss. ... The Ravens are trying to salvage their season. ... The numbers show that quarterback Joe Flacco played poorly against the Broncos. ... Cornerback Jimmy Smith looked rusty in his return on Sunday.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The New York Giants need quarterback Eli Manning to play his best football in the next two weeks. ... The Giants have gone from "all in" to "just get in" after losing by 34 points to the Atlanta Falcons. ... The Giants have a simple solution for the NFL's complex playoff scenarios, and that's to not lose again. ... Giants coach Tom Coughlin is just trying to stay positive. ... Running back Ahmad Bradshaw vows to play Sunday against the Ravens.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here is this week's installment of my NFL power rankings.OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Sorry, ESPN, but the New York Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention after Monday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. ... Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was relentless against the Indianapolis Colts. ... Injuries and the suspension to Jordan Black has made the Washington Redskins offensive line less stable. ... Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy could play this weekend. ... The Detroit Lions have been a bust, but wideout Calvin Johnson is really good at catching footballs.