Ravens defensive end Chris Canty likes the Panthers and Patriots to reach the Super Bowl, and thinks the Patriots might blow out the Broncos in the AFC Championship.
“If they (the Broncos) are going to have any chance in this game, they’re going to have to run the ball,” Canty said on ESPN’s 98.7 “Hahn and Humpty” radio show in New York, featuring Alan Hahn and former Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro.
“That’s kind of how I see the Denver Broncos having a fighting chance, a puncher’s chance so to speak in this ball game. I’m favoring the Patriots. I think this is kind of a 31-13 ballgame. I kind of see it that way. The Patriots are not going to make the mistakes. They’re going to protect the football, they’re going to score points. The Denver Broncos haven’t been able to really score points effectively, efficiently.”
In the NFC championship game, Canty likes the Panthers largely because he believes quarterback Cam Newton will handle the big stage better than Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.
“Cam Newton, you look at what he went through in junior college, playing and winning the national championship, seeing what he did at Auburn, playing and winning in the national championship, I think he’s proven that the moment isn’t too big for him,” Canty said.
“Carson has had a great season. He’s right up there as far as the MVP talks and all of those things. But when you look at some of the throws that he made in that game against Green Bay? Those are some of the plays that give me pause when it comes to his performance moving forward in these big games. And that’s been his rep. A quarterback that plays really well in the regular season, but doesn’t necessarily perform in big games.”
Canty won a Super Bowl with the Giants (2011), and has only played on one losing team in 11 NFL seasons. He knows a little something about winning football. We’ll see if Canty’s instincts regarding the conference championship games are correct.
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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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