The Ravens tried a trick play that didn’t work Sunday, but you might see more of them during the final two games.
A Ravens’ fake punt attempt was thwarted, when punter Sam Koch was stopped two yards short, after he tucked the ball away and ran on fourth-and-nine. It was a huge gamble by the Ravens from their own 17-yard line, already trailing the Chiefs, 14-7, in the second quarter.
However, considering their record (4-10) and their injury-depleted lineup, why not? Coach John Harbaugh is aggressive by nature and vows to stay that way.
“We’re trying to create a play, we’re trying to win a football game,” Harbaugh said. “And it came up two yards short. Someone came off the block and made a play. That’s what we’re doing. If you think I’m going to go into a shell with this football team and not go for it, especially when we’re down 21-7 (actually it was 14-7), for one second – that’s not who I am. It hasn’t been that way since 2008 (Harbaugh’s first season as head coach), and it’s not going to be that way. So if anybody wants to criticize us for going for it and being aggressive, have at it. I’m not apologizing for that.”
The Chiefs scored a touchdown just three plays after stopping the fake punt, and they never looked back. But that clearly will not keep Harbaugh from taking more chances.
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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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