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Five facts heading into Ravens-Browns on MNF

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Five facts heading into Ravens-Browns on MNF

CLEVELAND – Here are five facts to keep in mind heading into Monday night’s Ravens at Browns game in Cleveland:

1. The Browns have the worst run defense in the NFL, allowing 138.8 rushing yards per game.

That’s good news for Ravens running back Buck Allen, who is taking over as the team’s featured back in place of Justin Forsett. Fantasy football players who have added Allen may be rewarded.

2. The Browns don’t run the ball well either.

Cleveland averages 3.3 yards per carry, also dead last in the NFL. The Ravens should be able to make the Browns’ one-dimensional, meaning quarterback Josh McCown will have to play well for Cleveland to win.

3. The Ravens’ first 10 games have all been decided by eight points or less.

Close games are what the Ravens do. That means kicker Justin Tucker may have to make another clutch kick for the Ravens to win.

4. Gary Barnidge of the Browns has more touchdowns (seven) this season than any tight ends except Tyler Eifert of the Bengals (12) and Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots (nine).

Barnidge having a big night could be the key to a potential Browns’ victory. Barnidge had eight catches for 139 yards and a touchdown against Baltimore in Week 5.

5. The Browns haven’t swept the season series versus the Ravens since 2007.

That was the season before John Harbaugh became the Ravens’ head coach. In a year that has gone far differently than Harbaugh expected, being swept by the Browns is another low point he wants to avoid.

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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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