BY RICH GOLDBERG
Here are 5 stats to follow entering the Ravens/Dolphins game on Sunday:
One of a kind- Baltimore has already set a NFL record with 11 consecutive one-possession games to start a season. If the Ravens win/lose by 8 points or less, the Ravens will tie a NFL record for consecutive one-possession games within a season, set by the 1989 Chargers.
13 to go- Baltimore’s 9 takeaways rank 3rd fewest in the NFL. What’s more disturbing, the Ravens team record for fewest turnovers forced in a season is 22. The Ravens need 13 more takeaways in the next 5 games to merely tie the dubious mark.
Hang ten- The Dolphins have lost 6 games this season by 10+ points, tied for most in the NFL. The Ravens have 0 losses by double digits. Ironically both teams have a 4-7 record.
Down goes…- Since entering the league in 2012, Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 172 times, most in the NFL. The Ravens have sacked Tannehill 12 times in 2 career matchups, 6 times in each game.
What a rush- The Dolphins have rushed the ball 218 times, less than 20 carries a game and fewest in the NFL. With a new offensive coordinator Sunday that average could change.
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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.”
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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