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Defense fed up with soft image

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Defense fed up with soft image

Now that the sting has had a few days to set in, the Ravens look back at the running assault against the defense as an insult.

They've been exploited for more than 200 yards rushing in two consecutive games going into Sunday's game at the Houston Texans. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees, in his first season in the role at Baltimore, has got to figure something out because it'll be a recurring problem if the defense fails again.

"It really is," linebacker Paul Kruger said when asked if he believes the defense is starting to take being pushed around personally. "This is what we do everyday so we take a lot of pride in what we do. We're definitely going to be changing what we're doing, changing our attitude about it to get things back to where they need to be."

Even though a lot of Ravens (5-1) contend their record is the only thing matters, particularly after an ugly 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, the defense is starting to sing a different tune. They're ranked 26th in total defense, allowing 396.7 yards per game.

"Hell yeah, I've been irked about it since Week 1. We gave all them yards against Cincinnati," defensive end Pernell McPhee said of the 129 yards relinquished in the opener. "It's been the same every week. It's always personal.

"It's just like (Pees) says, it's our name that upholds this defense. You don't want to have a bad name or people look at you, 'That's the Baltimore Ravens who can't stop the run.' You don't want that image."

When the Dallas Cowboys ran a 14-play drive that cut the deficit to 24-20 in the third quarteron Sunday, they ran the ball 10 times. The Ravens were able to pull out the 31-29 victory, but the message was loud and clear.

"That's letting you know, 'We're man-handling y'all,'" McPhee said.

To right the ship, they're going to have to contain the Texans' Arian Foster, arguably the NFL's best running back.

"It's like any other situation. It's a challenge," linebacker Albert McClelllan. "You always got to look at the situation to beat the challenge, overcome the odds."

McPhee took it a step beyond that, calling into question the defense's manhood.

"Any man who plays defense," he said, "they wouldn't want this (expletive) to happen. What's happening to us, its too much."

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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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