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Chiefs reeling but 'dangerous'

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Chiefs reeling but 'dangerous'

The Ravens aren't falling for it.

The Kansas City Chiefs may be 1-3, but the talent they put on the field says they're much better than that.

Jamaal Charles has 415 yards, second best in the NFL, and is averaging 5.8 yards a carry. That ranks first among running backs with 50 or more carries. Dwayne Bowe has 25 catches, tied for eighth-most in the league, for 342 yards (10th).

When quarterback Matt Cassel doesn't turn over the ball and manages the game, the Chiefs are a difficult out, especially at Arrowhead Stadium.

"Their offense is a force especially when you have Bowe and Jamaal Charles and Cassel doing the things that they do," linebacker Jameel McClain said. "It's unfortunate that their record is the way it is and they know that they're better.

"That's the more dangerous part. They have a lot of weapons that you have to account for, especially with that running back doing what he does. It makes it difficult."

Cassel is 94-for-161 for 1,058 yards. But he has more interceptions (seven) than touchdown passes (five). He's also been sacked 13 times. The Chiefs committed six turnovers in a 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers last week. The week before that, however, the Chiefs came back to beat the New Orleans Saints 27-24 in overtime in the Superdome. Charles had a 91-touchdown run.

"They outgained San Diego. Their issue last week was real simple: Turnovers, right?" Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They had a bunch of turnovers. So, if they clean that up, obviously theyre capable of beating anybody. They were down big to the Saints and just came roaring back in that venue. .. Well be ready. Were not going to overlook them.

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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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