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Can Ravens revive season by sweeping NFC West?

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Can Ravens revive season by sweeping NFC West?

SANTA CLARA –Can the Ravens (1-4) revive their season by running the table against the NFC West?

That won’t be easy, starting with their Sunday matchup (4:25 kickoff) against the 49ers (1-4). However, with four games remaining against the NFC West, the Ravens still have a chance to have a successful season in interleague play.

The Ravens swept the NFC South last season, beating the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers and Saints. Sweeping the NFC West, a stronger division from top to bottom, will be even more difficult for the Ravens to pull off. The Ravens ‘ next two games are against the NFC West – today’ matchup, followed by next week’s Monday night game at Arizona. The Ravens host the Rams on Nov. 22 and host the Seahawks on Dec. 13.

 If the Ravens won today, it would not be a major shocker. The 49ers are also a struggling team, and the last time quarterback Colin Kaepernick was at home, he and the 49ers’ offense were booed heavily during a loss to the Packers.

Beating the Cardinals next Monday, who are 4-1 heading into heading into Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, will present an entirely different challenge for the Ravens.  But here’s one positive fact for Baltimore. The Cardinals are the only NFC West team with a winning record, with the Seahawks (2-3) and Rams (2-3) not playing as well as some expected.

If the Ravens can knock off two NFC West opponents during the next two weeks, their uphill battle to get back to .500 would look a little less daunting.

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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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