Ravens

Quick Links

National power rankings

883675.png

National power rankings

The nationalmedia are weighing in with their weekly NFL power rankings, and as expected,the Ravens' stock has dipped, though not as much as might be expected after aloss. After all, as some pundits point out, it was a one-point loss, on theroad, against a good team, with a questionable pass interference call negatinga potential clinching touchdown. Then again, the Ravens allowed nearly 500yards of offense and Joe Flacco was 8-for-25 in the second half. Here's where theRavens stand in the latest national power rankings:
CBS Sports.com:No. 6 (down one spot from last week): "That vaunted defense might not bewhat some think it will be. How else can you explain nearly 500 yards by theEagles?"ESPN: No. 6 (downthree spots): Baltimore needs to give Ray Rice the ball after giving him a bigcontract this summer.."
NFL.com: No. 5 (down one spot: "Baltimore onlyfalls one spot due to several teams in the top 10 struggling in Week 2. TheRavens narrowly lost to the Eagles on the road, and had plenty to gripe aboutafter the loss. (That offensive pass interference call on Jacoby Jones sure didloom large ...) Of bigger concern was Joe Flacco's inability to handlepressure, as well as his propensity to just throw the ball up for grabs. A22-for-42 performance with statuesque mobility? Feels very Bledsoe-esque."Fox Sports(rankings done by former Ravens coach Brian Billick): No. 5 (down two spots):The Ravens may blame the replacement referees for their Week 2 loss, but I'llblame it on the lack of offensive production in the second half. This lookedlike a completely different team than the Week 1 Ravens, and it starts with QBJoe Flacco.Pro FootballTalk: No. 6 (down two spots): "Maybe Joe Flacco shouldnt have shaved hisunibrow.."Pro FootballWeekly: No. 5 (unchanged): High-octane offense Week One; it looked lost late inWeek Two."The SportingNews: No. 4 (down two spots): "The Ravens will count on (Haloti) Ngatagetting in Tom Bradys face this week. The Ravens best defender should beangry after a bad result against the Eagles."

Quick Links

Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

screen_shot_2018-02-16_at_12.59.33_pm.png
USA Today Sports

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.

MORE RAVENS: 2018 NFL MOCK DRAFT RAVENS ROUNDUP 3.0

“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.”

Quick Links

Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

flacco-bears-usat.png
USA Today Sports

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.

RELATED: OFFENSIVE FREE AGENTS RAVENS SHOULD BE TARGETING