The Jacksonville Jaguars are not the Detroit Lions on offense. But theres no question that the Ravens played better on defense Thursday night than they did last week versus Detroit.
After the 48-17 rout of Jacksonville, there were many more smiles in the press conferences and locker room post-game. The starters, back-ups and just about everyone played well and dominated a Jacksonville team that had upset the Ravens during the season in 2011
That probably wasnt on the players minds too much, though, as they wanted to improve after some inconsistent play during the first two pre-season games of this seasonespecially the defense.
And they did just that. The Jaguars scored 17 points but couldn't do much damage running or passing. They finished with 258 yards of total offense and 14 of the 17 points were scored in the fourth quarter. Seven of those came on an interception return, so the offense ended up with only 10 points in an effort thats theyre not going to like.
The Ravens, however, were very happy.
I thought the defense played well as a whole, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. We did a good job against the run. They did a nice job on their quick game, and they have really talented receivers. Blaine Gabbert gets the ball out really quick, and I thought our corners covered pretty well.
Linebacker Jameel McClain said the defense simply wanted to get out there and make plays. The Ravens looked more aggressive on defense and played in a way thats been seen a lot over the years.
The timing of this was good since starters got more playing time in this contest than any other pre-season game. Many called it a dress rehearsal for the season opener against the Bengals in 10 days.
The goal is to go out there and make plays regardless, no matter what game it is, McClain said. Whether its the last pre-season game, the first pre-season game, or the third, we want to go out there and be competitive and show our style of defense.
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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