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How did our Ravens-Chiefs predictions hold up?

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How did our Ravens-Chiefs predictions hold up?

Time for ourweekly visit under the replay hood to see how we fared with our 10 predictionsfor the Ravens-Chiefs game. It wasn't pretty, but then again, neither was thegame.
1. Ray Rice willhave 20 touches. INCORRECT. Ricecame up just short, carrying 17 times for 102 yards and catching one pass for16 yards. Given that he averaged 6.0 yards a carry, and the offense was out ofsync at times, it remains curious why he didn't get the ball more often.2. Jamaal Charleswill break a run of at least 25 yards.CORRECT. Charlesdidn't have the 91-yard game-breaker as he did in New Orleans, or the 37-yard,reverse-the-field highlight-film run he did against San Diego. But he was inthe Ravens secondary the entire first half, and ripped off a 25-yard run, hislongest, midway through the first quarter. 3. Ray Rice willhave more carries than Jamaal Charles.INCORRECT. TheChiefs leaned on Charles like a crutch, hesitant to hand the keys of theoffense to struggling quarterback Matt Cassel. Charles finished with 30carries, including 20 in the first half, while Rice had 17 carries.4. Ravens tightends at least 6 catches ...INCORRECT. JoeFlacco did become reacquainted with his tight ends after they had zero catchesagainst Cleveland, but Dennis Pitta (3 catches, 22 yards) and Ed Dickson (1-11) had a total ofjust four of the Ravens' 13 receptions.5. ...and 1touchdown.INCORRECT. Pittaand Dickson have frequently been red zone targets of Flacco, and we expectedthat to continue, especially since opposing tight ends had scored against theChiefs in three of the first four games. But it didn't. Red zone production wasa problem all day, as the Ravens failed to find the end zone on three red zonepossessions. But neither Pitta nor Dickson were targeted near the goal line onany of those possession. 6. Haloti Ngatawill have at least five tackles.INCORRECT. One ofthe more shocking aspects of this game was how the Chiefs and Jamaal Charlesran right over the Ravens in the first half. He had 125 yards by halftime andwas often well past Ngata by the time he was brought down. Ngata finished withfour tackles and was involved on the play that knocked Cassel out of the game.7. The Ravenswill run on more than half their first down plays. CORRECT. Notcounting plays whistled by penalties, or Joe Flacco's kneel-down at the end ofthe game, the Ravens ran on first down 12 times and threw on first down 11times. If the plan was to shorten second-down yardage, it worked; after have 13plays of second and 10 or more against Cleveland, they had seven such playsagainst the Chiefs.8. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.CORRECT. TheRavens were hardly error-free, with Flacco throwing an interception and rookiekick returner Deonte Thompson coughing up the second half kickoff. Fortunatelyfor the Ravens, though, they were playing the team that is on pace to set NFLrecords for turnovers. The charitable Chiefs gave up the ball four times, nonebigger than the fumble by Cassel at the Ravens' 1-yard line that was recoveredin the end zone by Ed Reed.9. The finalscore will be over the 'over' of 47.INCORRECT. Wowdid we miss this one badly. We anticipated the teams would move up and down thefield, and at times they did. But the Chiefs kept turning the ball over, andthe Ravens stalled in the red zone. Result: the first Ravens game without a touchdown since 2003.
10. Ravens 31,Chiefs 27KIND OF CORRECT.We might have been way off on the score, but we predicted that this would be aclose game and that the Ravens would "have enough to get the roadwin."

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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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