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5 things to watch Saturday night for Ravens vs. Redskins


5 things to watch Saturday night for Ravens vs. Redskins

The Ravens will host the Redskins, Saturday night (7:30) at M&T Bank Stadium.

Coverage begins with an hour-long pregame show at 6:30 on CSN, taking you up to game time.

The third preseason game most closely resembles the regular season. Starters sometimes play into the second half, and after getting handled 40-17 by the Eagles last week, the Ravens (1-1) are seeking a far better showing.

Here are my five areas to watch:

1. The offensive line

The guys who normally protect quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside are banged up. Don’t expect starting left tackle Eugene Monroe (bruised forearm) or starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (sore Achilles) to play. Neither practiced this week. Whoever starts in their place needs to keep Flacco upright.

2. Backup backs

This will be a key game for Buck Allen, Terrence Magee, and Fitz Toussaint. Allen is the presumed No. 2 back, now that Lorenzo Taliaferro (sprained knee) will be out at least a few weeks. But Magee and Toussaint are fighting for a roster spot, and Allen wants to prove he can handle being Justin Forsett’s backup. Forsett may not play much Saturday, especially with the offensive line in flux. That leaves an opportunity for other backs to shine.


3. Special teams

The Ravens still haven’t settled on a punt returner or kickoff returner. Asa Jackson will start the game in both roles, but others will get an opportunity. Meanwhile, players on the bubble like linebacker Arthur Brown could strengthen their case by showing well on special teams.

4. Penalties

The Ravens committed 17 penalties against the Eagles. Ravens coach John Harbuagh wants that number to come down Saturday. Way down

5. How will the first teams look?

Flacco threw two interceptions against the Eagles, and the first team defense was gashed for two touchdown drives. No matter how long they play, the Ravens’ “starters want to send a message that they’re ready for the regular season.

“We definitely want to kind of show what this Ravens team is about,” Suggs said. “That’s usually what the third preseason (game) is about.” 

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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.


“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.