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1st and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Patriots

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1st and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Patriots

1. Ray Rice willnot rush for 100 yards ....Rice has averagedabout 104 yards in four career games against the Patriots, but that was helpedgreatly by his 83-yard touchdown run in the 2009 playoffs. In last year'splayoff game, the Patriots controlled the line of scrimmage, holding Rice to 67yards on 21 carries, and that defense is stronger this year. 2. .. and neitherwill Stevan Ridley. Ridley, thePatriots' second-year back out of LSU, has 196 yards in two games this season,including 125 yards in the season opener at Tennessee. But the Ravenslinebackers set the edge well last week in Philadelphia and were pretty stoutagainst LeSean McCoy, holding him to 81 yards on 25 carries. 3. The Patriots'Vince Wilfork will have at least two tackles for loss.Ravens centerMatt Birk was overmatched by Wilfork, the Patriots' four-time Pro Bowldefensive tackle, in the AFC Championship Game last season. He had threetackles for loss and a sack in that game. Birk and guards Ramon Harewood andMarshal Yanda will have their hands full again.

4.Anquan Boldinwill have at least four catches.Boldin was quietin the Eagles game last week, with two catches for just 7 yards, his lowestsingle-game total since the 2010 playoffs. Boldin had six catches for 101 yardsat New England last year, and offenisive coordinator Cam Cameron said theoffense works best when everyone is involved. This week, Boldin is moreinvolved.5. If the Ravensface third-and-1, they will pass.The Ravens'third-and-2 and fourth-and-2 calls at the end of the Eagles game -- bothincomplete passes -- were dissected ad nauseam on talk radio this week. Cameronsaid that had it been third-and-1, they would have run the ball. This week?Don't bet on it. They want no part of running up the gut at Wilfork onthird-and-short.6. Tom Brady willbe intercepted.Tom Brady hasfaced the Ravens six times, and he's thrown at least one interception in fourof those games. The Ravens need to get pressure, and then let Ed Reed,Lardarius Webb and company create havoc in the secondary. 7. Wes Welkerwill have at least five catches.Welker'sproduction is topic No. 1 in New England these days, as the Patriots seem to bephasing out the veteran who led the league with 122 catches last season. He hasonly eight through the first two games this season and had seen his playingtime diminished before the injury to tight end Aaron Hernandez. Still, he's apart of this offense and Brady will find him.8. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.The Ravens, atplus-4, and the Patriots, at plus-3, both rank among the top five in the leaguein turnover ratio through two weeks. The Ravens have recorded six turnovers intwo games, and although a couple of those were gimmes (a botched handoff), theRavens generate plenty as well. Witness Lardarius Webb's helmet-to-ball hit onLeSean McCoy, or Bernard Pollard's diving interception.9. Justin Tuckerwill remain perfect.The Ravens rookiekicker is already putting to rest any debate about whether they made the rightmove in keeping him over Billy Cundiff. Tucker was perfect from 56 -- tying afranchise record -- 51 and 48 yards last week and is 6-for-6 through two games.He won't be perfect all season, but he will be on Sunday.10. Final score:Ravens 27, Patriots 23Something has togive here. The Ravens have won 13 straight games after a loss. They have won 11in a row at home. The Patriots have never lost to the Ravens in the regularseason. Both teams are missing key players. Both teams are coming off lossesthat exposed their weaknesses. But Joe Flacco has been exceptional in games immediately after losses, with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in the last 13 such games. He leads the Ravens to a well-earned win.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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