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Crowd noise causes issues with no-huddle


Crowd noise causes issues with no-huddle

The Ravens' no-huddle offense has gotten love all week, but now it'll have to brace for a lot of yelling.

It produced 37 points in a 44-13 win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in the opener, but that was at M&T Bank Stadium.

Sunday's game will be at the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field for their home opener.

They had the advantage last week against the Bengals because they were at home, Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans told CSN Philly's Reuben Frank. Here, with our crowd noise, that will make it tougher on those guys to be in a no-huddle.

Even the Ravens admit they had trouble at home running the fast-pace offense because of crowd noise. And they'll likely have rookie Kelechi Osemele at right tackle and surprise starter Ramon Harewood, a sixth-round draft pick in 2010 who spent his first two seasons on injured reserve, at left guard.

"This will be the first real crowd noise experience some of the young guys have had. It will just be another part of their growth, our growth as an offense and being able to do the no-huddle and some of those things," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. "Doing it at home is one thing."

The Ravens have worked on that aspect of the no-huddle and simulated crowd noise with speakers.

"I hope we're a lot better, on both sides of the ball really," coach John Harbaugh said Friday. "Offensively, obviously, it'll be more of an issue there. We had some issues on both sides of the ball. It's got to improve."

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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.


“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.