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 can draw confidence from their thrilling come-from-behind win at Heinz Field last year. ... Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for Sunday's game, linebacker Terrell Suggs still expects him to play. ... Roethlisberger said his dislocated rib is of greater concern than his sprained shoulder. ... Peter Schmuck says the Ravens shouldn't expect an easy road Sunday even though Roethlisberger isn't playing. ... Defensive linemen Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee practiced Wednesday.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
With Roethlisberger and Ray Lewis out and Hines Ward in retirement, has this rivalry lost some luster? ... The durability of Joe Flacco gives the Ravens the edge of the Steelers. ... The Ravens lead the NFL in red zone defense. ... Will the struggles on the road continue in Pittsburgh? ... Running back Ray Rice likes it when it gets cold outside.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't say if Roethlisberger is out for the season. ... Quarterback Byron Leftwich can handle the moment on Sunday. ... The Steelers take a licking and keep on ticking. ... Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is grabbing attention.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
I'm in Pittsburgh and I chatted with Leftwich, who is in the starter's spotlight for the first time in a few years.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
A bunch of anonymous New York Jets players ripped quarterback Tim Tebow. ... It looks like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is going to start against the Chicago Bears. ... Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green leads all wide receivers in Pro Bowl voting. ... Jared Gaither and the San Diego Chargers offensive line deserves some of the blame for the struggles of Philip Rivers.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times