This should not come as a revelation, but the Ravens should expect the Chiefs to try throwing the ball to Dwayne Bowe on Sunday. No player in the NFL has been targeted more in the passing game this season than Bowe. Hes tied with the Giants Victor Cruz with 49 passes targeted at him, according to STATS.
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The Ravens Ray Rice is No. 2 in the league in yards after catch or one of my favorite sports acronyms, YAC with 190. He trails only the Vikings Percy Harvin, who has 226. Rices total could be partially a reflection of the dump-off or screen passes he gets, which leave him room to run. But Rices YAC also reflects what a dangerous weapon he is anytime he gets his hands on the ball.
Torrey Smith is tied with the Panthers Steve Smith for most receptions of more than 25 yards in the NFL, with six. Ravens fans have been clamoring for a vertical game for a long time, and theyre getting it.
The Chiefs Jamaal Charles ranks in the NFL top 10 in rushes of more than 10 yards, with nine so far this season. (Rice has seven.) But, also reflecting Kansas Citys inconsistent offensive line play, Charles also leads the league in stuffed carries rushes that gain no yards with 13.
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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