The NFL Network threesome of Brian Baldinger, Donovan McNabb and Sterling Sharpe picked some pieces of the Ravens-Eagles match-up and proceeded to opine. (Or we could just say they broke it down, but sometimes we get tired of using that phrase.)
McNabb and Sharpe said they expect the Ravens to win, while Baldinger took the Eagles.
Sharpe said of the Ravens: Right now, they are the best team Ive seen.
Like much of the national buzz, Sharpe was impressed by Joe Flacco, especially his reading of the defense and his decision-making in the Week 1 win over the Bengals.
Philadelphia, Joe Flacco is not going to be fooled, Sharpe said.
McNabb said Eagles quarterback Michael Vick wasnt sharp, but I expect him to improve in this game.
Vicks lack of preseason work (he was hurt and had to sit) showed, McNabb said.
I thought his footwork was off. He was sliding up in the pocket too early, he said.
So, what does Baldinger base his Eagles win prediction on? Baldinger said the Bengals defensive line looked slow and was easily pushed aside to afford Flacco clear passing lanes. But look for Phillys much quicker defensive line to get closer to Flacco with just a three-man rush while the Eagles drop eight into coverage. And how will he handle that?
Did the Ravens offensive line show it was incapable of handling a three-man rush? So were not buying Baldingers version.
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.”
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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