CSN stat guru Rich Goldberg takes a look at the trends and 5 stats to watch leading up to the Ravens game Sunday vs the Jaguars.
- Keeping it close - Each of the Ravens 8 games this season has been decided by 8 points or less. 14 of the 18 games all-time between the Ravens and Jaguars were within 8 points. Translation: a close game is not out of the question.
- Incomplete - Blake Bortles and Joe Flacco rank worst and second-worst in 4th quarter completion percentages this season – with a minimum of 40 attempts. Bortles has completed 48.0 percent of his 4th quarter attempts. Flacco is right behind at 51.0 percent.
- Hitting the Century Mark – Steve Smith has 50 career 100-yard receiving games. With Smith out for the season, the ten remaining Ravens receivers/tight ends have a combined 3 career 100-yard receiving games. 2 from Chris Givens, 1 from Joe Morgan.
- “0” no - The Ravens are the only NFL team with 0 forced turnovers since Week 4. The Cowboys are 0-5 since Week 4 – and even Dallas has forced a turnover. The Ravens are on pace for 8 takeaways after forcing 22 turnovers last season.
- T-“Allen”-ted - Wide receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have a combined 12 receiving touchdowns this season. That’s the 2nd most in the NFL among all wide receiving duos, trailing only Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall with 13 TD.
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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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