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Final thoughts on Ravens (4-7) at Dolphins (4-7)


Final thoughts on Ravens (4-7) at Dolphins (4-7)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Final thoughts on Ravens (4-7) at Dolphins (4-7), before Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff:

- Rain could be a factor.

It has been a rainy weekend in South Florida, and skies were cloudy Sunday morning.  It’s hard to say which team has the edge if it’s wet. But a sloppy field could create turnovers.

-  The Dolphins may try to run more than usual.

Sunday will be their first game with Zac Taylor as their offensive coordinator. The Dolphins have been criticized for not giving running back Lamar Miller enough opportunities. However, Miller getting more touches could play into the Ravens’ hands. Their run defense has been solid all season, and defensive tackles Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan are playing with force.

- Ravens tight end Crocket Gillmore is a player to watch

The Dolphins have had difficulty covering tight ends, and Gillmore is having a strong season (35 catches, 402 yards, four touchdowns). That could make Gillmore a favorite target for Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub.

- Here’s another Ravens player to watch –rookie running back Buck Allen.

The Dolphins have the league’s worst run defense, allowing 138.5 yards per game on the ground. Allen seems to gain confidence every week, and the Ravens want to take pressure of Schaub with their running game. That could mean a nice day for Allen, and backup Terrence West should also see some touches.

- Expect another close game.

The Ravens don’t seem to know anything else this season. They are the only team in NFL history whose first 11 games have been decided by eight points or less. Another frantic finish could be in store.

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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.