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In New England, Flacco rates where?


In New England, Flacco rates where?

You know what they say about opinions: Opinions are like sports radio talk shows, just about anybody has one.

(Yeah, yeah, you can say the same thing about bloggers.)

Thanks to our friends at CSNNE.com, we learn that, according to Mike Felger of Bostons 98.9 The Sports Hub, Joe Flacco not only isnt an elite NFL quarterback, but the Ravens QB isnt even average. Felger ranks Flacco at No. 20.

Thats behind Sam Bradford, Alex Smith and Mark Sanchez. Then again, this guy already puts Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in the top 10.

Hes apparently serious. Makes you wonder whether Felger even watched the AFC Championship Game last season.

And thus our First Amendment survives another stern test.

Also from CSNNE.com, Tom E. Currans game preview highlights some issues from the Patriots perspective. Some of his points include:

The Ravens defense may get well against the Pats. The Ravens defense has been uncharacteristically average through two games, especially last week. But with the talent there and a little uncertainty on the Patriots side of things, Baltimore could be looking at a breakout week.

New England could slow the Ravens no-huddle offense. The tempo of the Ravens offense could be slowed by the Patriots simply giving Flacco a lot to deal with in terms of coverage disguise and personnel. Thats what the depth and versatility theyve built on that side of the ball brings them.

The Patriots want to run the ball. With the Ravens allowing 129 yards per game on the ground so far, though, you have to reasonably expect New England to be stubborn establishing the run against a defense thats less potent against the run these days.

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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.


“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.