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
The Ravens are making adjustments after they lost by 17 points to the Denver Broncos, their playoff opponent Saturday. ... Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw endured trials and tribulations on his way to Baltimore. ... The Ravens must deal with Denver's secret weapon: the altitude at Mile High. ... Rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele fared well in his move to guard. ... Rookie running back Bernard Pierce did not practice Wednesday.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Linebacker Terrell Suggs has been quiet, but everything the Ravens get from him is a bonus. ... The surging Ravens running game is going up one of the NFL's top run defenses. ... Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has moved on from the Denver debacle. ... The special teams were special in last week's win against the Indianapolis Colts. ... The Ravens will keep it close Saturday.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Broncos will try to turn the heat up on Flacco. ... Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has had the Ravens' number. ... The stats show that it is Denver's Super Bowl to lose. ... The Broncos keyed in on Ravens running back Ray Rice and wide receiver Anquan Boldin the last time around. ... The Broncos understand why Boldin said he wanted this rematch after Sunday's win.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five Ravens stats that stand out this week.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. ... Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher is open to a return to coaching. ... Tests showed that the late Junior Seau had brain trauma before he died. ... Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is under intense pressure to win a playoff game. ... New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is going to the Pro Bowl.