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Home crowd should help Ravens

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Home crowd should help Ravens

The New England Patriots finally have to come to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.
Baltimore has gone to Foxboro the last four times the teams have met since the Pats last came to Charm City in 2007. The schedule finally has turned in the Ravens' favor.
This time, the Patriots come to M&T Bank Stadium, and thats something which could help the Ravens in so many ways starting with getting the loud crowd in their favor, a crowd that should likely bother New England on the field.
Its a big advantage, said linebacker Jameel McClain. To be able to try and get them off all of their communicationsits hard to yell what youre yelling all the way to a receiver. Its definitely to our advantage.
McClain also said the Ravens are hoping for their fans to have a blast. They want the noise to be something the Patriots don't enjoy quite as much.
The Ravens are very much aware of the support they get from their fans when on the field, something that they wouldnt have much of if the game was in New England.
Its good for our fans; its good for everyone to be here, McClain said. To have the support of our fan base at home, especially against a big team, is something thats a value that I dont think a lot of people see.
The Ravens will be on the national stage in this game, and the loud noise that the home crowd adds to the mix should help that much more.
Theyre also hoping to bounce back after a not-so-good showing in last weekends loss to the Eagles. Getting that cheering crowd on national TV in front of a big audience will certainly help the Ravens. Its always been that way.
Theyre looking to come in here and pull off a victory against us in our stadium, safety Bernard Pollard said. We cant let that happen.

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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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