Ravens vs. Cowboys
at M&T Bank Stadium, 1 p.m. ET, Sunday
The line: Ravens -4
Last week: Ravens (4-1) won at the Kansas City Chiefs 9-6; Cowboys (2-2) had a bye.
Series: Ravens lead 3-0.
Last meeting: Ravens won 33-24 on Dec 20. 2008 in the last game to be held at Texans Stadium.
Burning question: Can the receivers get open? In a loss to the Eagles and near loss to the Chiefs, they couldn't get separation as the QB Joe Flacco and the hurry-up offense shut down.
Keys to victory on offense: Flacco has been sacked eight times in the last two games, which has led coach John Harbaugh to shuffling his starting lineup by inserting veteran Bobbie Williams at left guard in place of Ramon Harewood. Williams was projected to be the starter before the season but was slowed by surgery to his broken ankle. RB Ray Rice had 102 yards on 17 carries last week and appears to want the ball more, though he has said all the right things publicly. If the WRs continue to have trouble getting separation in bump-and-run coverage, Rice has to get more chances.
Keys to victory on defense: Make QB Tony Romo a pocket passer and force him into mistakes, much like the Ravens did during the first half vs. Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. This isn't a great pass-rushing team with just their down linemen, but Dallas' offensive line has been suspect in pass protection. If the Ravens fail to create consistent pressure and allow RB DeMarco Murray to get into a groove, it's gong to be a long day.
Injury report: RAVENS -- Probable: T Jah Reid (calf); DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder). COWBOYS -- Out: P Brian Moorman (groin); Questionable: C/G Ryan Cook (hamstrong), P Chris Jones (knee), LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder); Probable: LB Alex Albright (back), WR Miles Austin (hamstring), CB Morris Claiborne (illness), DT Kenyon Coleman (knee), C Phil Costa (back), S Matt Johnson (hamstring), NT Jay Ratliff (ankle), DT Marcus Spears (knee).
Prediction: Ravens 21-17.
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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