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Five reasons why Ravens unlikely to escape 0-3 hole

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Five reasons why Ravens unlikely to escape 0-3 hole

The Ravens woke up Monday morning as the ONLY winless team in the AFC. How dire is their situation? Upon further review, here are five reasons why losing 28-24 to the Bengals put the Ravens (0-3) in a hole they are unlikely to escape from:

1. No team that started 0-3 has won the Super Bowl.

An optimist would say the Ravens have a chance to make history. A realist would say the Ravens should not make February travel plans.

2. It has been 17 years since a team starting 0-3 made the playoffs.

The 1998 Bills were the last team to do it. Just like the Ravens, the 1998 Bills played their first two games on the road, then lost their home opener. However, those Bills responded with a five-game winning streak that got them to 5-3, and turned around their season. That’s a message to the Ravens. Any realistic hope needs to start with a win Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

3. The Ravens are already three games behind the Bengals.

During the offseason, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said winning the AFC North was a priority. Don’t expect the Ravens to deliver on that goal. The unbeaten Bengals are the team to beat in the AFC North, with the Ravens freefalling and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee injury. The Bengals still have playoff demons to address. But during the regular season, a solid defense and explosive playmakers like wide receiver A. J. Green make the Bengals more than capable of winning the AFC North.

4. A brutal September-October schedule may seal the Ravens’ doom.

Three of their next four games are away. Thursday night they play at Pittsburgh (2-1). Then after hosting the Browns (1-2) in Week 5, the Ravens play at the 49ers (1-2) and at the Cardinals (3-0). By the time the Ravens reach Week 8, they could be 2-5, or worse, unless they begin to play much better, and fast.

5. This isn’t your typical Ravens’ defense.

The Ravens are ranked 23rd overall defensively, and 29th against the pass. Without dramatic improvement, this Ravens team isn’t going anywhere but home after Week 17.

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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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