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Flacco gets high ranking in Sporting News QB poll


Flacco gets high ranking in Sporting News QB poll

Joe Flacco got some grief earlier this year when saying he felt like he was an elite quarterback. Some others apparently think he's not bad either. 

Sporting News released a poll that gave Flacco a grade of B+, getting close to quarterbacks they considered the best. The Ravens were ranked third in the power rankings, but also mentioned how all of the defensive injuries could put more pressure on Flacco in the final 10 games of this season. 

"As the defensive injuries mount, the team will rely more on Flacco, Ray Rice and the offense. That unit needs to come up big this week as the Ravens will have to outscore Houston," the section called Grading the Quarterback said. 

Flacco's played much better this season. He's found a consistency the team's probably been looking for from him. Flacco's become better at throwing downfield, making big plays and helping the offense become a weapon.

The timing of all that is very good since the defense has really fallen off due to losses to free agency plus injuries (Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb). The offense has really needed to pick up the pace and basically out-score people, which is kind of what they've done in the first six weeks. 

What will be interesting is to see what kind of a role Flacco has in the final 10 games, now that Lewis is done for the season. The defense's leader is out, and will the coaching staff tone down an offense that's got lots of firepower? They could become more of a ball-control offense, which would take the pressure off the defense since their drives would take longer. 

Either way, it's going to be an interesting test for Flacco, one that should make his grade go higer if he passes.

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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.