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Five questions for Ravens at Browns on MNF


Five questions for Ravens at Browns on MNF

CLEVELAND – Five questions to ask before Ravens (3-7) at Browns (2-8), tonight on Monday Night Football:

1. How will Matt Schaub perform as a starting quarterback?

Much of the Ravens’ fortunes will depend on Schaub, with Joe Flacco (torn ACL and PCL) out for the season. This will be Schaub’s first start since 2013, when he lost his job with the Texans. Schaub threw a pick-six in four straight games that season, but at one time, he was a very effective NFL quarterback. Is he still, at age 34?  His critics say no. During the next six weeks, Schaub wants to prove he has plenty left.

2. Can rookie Buck Allen handle being a starting running back?

Justin Forsett’s season-ending injury (broken arm) has thrust Allen into the role of No. 1 running back. The Ravens drafted Allen because they liked his vision as a runner, and his hands as a pass-catcher. Allen will get a chance to show both, although it would not be surprising to see running back Terrance West also make his Ravens-debut against his former team.

3. Does Josh McCown simply have the Ravens’ number?

McCown will start at quarterback for the Browns, after Johnny Manziel partied away his starting opportunity. McCown torched the Ravens for 457 yards and two touchdowns in October, and he also beat the Ravens in 2013 as a starting quarterback with the Bears. Something about the Ravens seems to bring out McCown’s best, and the Ravens can’t afford to let that happen again.

4. Who’s the worst team in the AFC North?

The Ravens have already lost at home to Cleveland. If the Ravens lose this game, they will return to the AFC North basement. Though a loss would help the Ravens' draft position, they haven’t given up on 2015, and want to avoid being swept by the Browns.

5. Can the Ravens finally win two straight?

They haven’t done it all season, but they are coming off a victory over the Rams. Heading into December with two straight wins would be a confidence boost.


This won’t be one of Monday Night Football’s most memorable games. But I see Schaub playing well enough to give the Ravens another close win. Ravens 16, Browns 13.

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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.