The Pittsburgh Steelers still have a game to worry about Monday night, though its only against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the Ravens are in the early stages of preparation for Sunday’s nationally televised game on prime time.
"It’s the best week of the year," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It’s where we feel our most comfortable. … That’s a defining-type of a rivalry. It means so much to both teams. We like being in this week. We love playing these guys. We love the preparation for these guys."
They play twice in the next three weeks, with a visit to the San Diego Chargers in between.
With the Steelers playing a Monday night game, does that one fewer day of preparation and healing time make that much of a difference?
When the Houston Texans were blown out at home by the Green Bay Packers 42-24 in their only loss of the season, it was coming off a short week because of a Monday night game.
"I don’t know. The one thing about those guys, I don’t think it’s going to make that big of a difference for them because they do such a great job of preparing," Harbaugh said. "They got a veteran team. They’re the most veteran team in the league. There’s nothing that’s going to faze them that way. They’re not going to be worried about something like that."
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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