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Far from pretty but Ravens win

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Far from pretty but Ravens win

This Ravens offense isnt up to speed on the road, even with the no-huddle offense.

Counting the last two quarters of their only other road game this season at the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens have failed to score a touchdown in six consecutive quarters away from home.

Theyve also gotten off to poor starts in three consecutive games the previous two were home games at M&T Bank Stadium -- by failing to score a touchdown in the opening period.

Fortunately for the Ravens, the Kansas City Chiefs cant help but sabotage themselves. They had five Sunday, including three in the first half and one on the Ravens goal line in the third quarter, as they increased their NFL lead in the category to 20 en route to losing four of their first five games.

The Chiefs played it safe, giving the ball to running back Jamaal Charles 20 times in the first half and having quarterback Matt Cassel only pass seven times.

The Ravens once-vaunted run had no answer for Charles early. He finished the game with 140 yards on 30 carries as he averaged 4.7 yards per rush.

Going against a secondary that was missing starting safety Kendrick Lewis and had given up 10 touchdowns, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco turned in his worst game of the season. He went 13-for-27 for 187 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and a 55.6 passer rating.

Player of the game: RB Ray Rice only had 17 carries but 102 yards to average 6.0 per try on a day when nothing else was right with the offense.

The turning point: After Deonte Thompson fumbled to open the second half, the defense bailed him out as Ed Reed recovered a fumbled snap between C Ryan Lilja and Cassel on the goal line. Instead, Flacco drove the Ravens 80 yards for a field goal by Justin Tucker that gave them a lead theyd never relinquish again.

Highlights: Rice got off to a fast start with five carries for 49 yards in the first quarter Tucker made three field goals from 28, 26 and 39 yards for their only scores. Hes 11-for-12 for the season. Charles was stuffed in the second half as he was held to 15 yards on 10 carries, with coach John Harbaugh attributing the success to subtle halftime adjustments. ... Activated for the first time this season, LaQuan Williams got involved quick. On special teams, he tackled Shaun Draughn on the kickoff at the 21 On third down and 15 deep in his own territory with just more than four minutes left in the game, Flacco scrambled for 16 yards and a first down that all but took the air out of the Chiefs' hopes for a comeback win.

Lowlights: Flacco was sacked four times but the Ravens weren't able to get any on Cassel, who left with a head injury with 9:35 left in the fourth when he was sandwiched by DT Haloti Ngata and LB Paul Kruger, or backup Brady Quinn. ... Ravens rookie RT Kelechi Osemele had trouble keeping LB Tamba Hali out of the backfield. Hali had two sacks. ... WR Jacoby Jones was held without a catch.

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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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