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How does Flacco stack up now?

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How does Flacco stack up now?

Seven games into his fifth season, is Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco among the elite yet?

By the numbers, at least, the answer is yes. There just isn't a huge difference between Flacco now vs. last season.

The offense is struggling even though they're 5-2 and hardly anyone remembers how Flacco began the season on fire, opening with 299 yards on 21-for-29 passing, two touchdowns and season-high passer rating of 128.4 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Or his fourth-quarter comeback to beat the New England Patriots as he posted a season-high 382 yards on 28-for-39 passing, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 117.7.

Flacco is hoping to get a new contract from Baltimore, but talks haven't gone anywhere just yet. He has said he believes he's a top 5 NFL quarterback. So do his teammates, though the topic of conversation hasn't come up recently given the way the Ravens are playing.

In 2011 after seven games, Flacco actually had passed more (262) but wasn't as accurate (53.8%), had 86 fewer yards (1,751) and one fewer TD passes (8). The Ravens were 5-2 then, too.

So how does he stack up with the league's Mount Rushmore of signal-callers such as Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers?

Through seven games in Year 5, Flacco has the fewest TD passes and lowest completion percentage by comparison among that group at the same stage of their careers.

Flacco's yardage, however, is second to Rodgers, who had the most TD passes, highest completion percentage and fewest interceptions.

Statistically speaking, he belongs among the pack:

Rodgers: 147-for-225 (65.3%) for 1,989 yards, 14 touchdowns  and 2 interceptions

Flacco: 150-for-252 (59.5%) for 1,837 yards, 9 TDs and 6 INTS

Manning: 170-for-258 (65.8%) for 1,798 yards, 12 TDs and 10 INTs

Brady: 129-for-215 (60%) for 1,660 yards,  13 TDs, and 7 INTs

Brees: 128-for-199 (64.3%) for 1,505 yards, 10 TDs and 6 INTs



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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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