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NFL Capsule: Ravens at Bengals

NFL Capsule: Ravens at Bengals

BALTIMORE (10-5) At CINCINNATI (9-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 6-9; Cincinnati 8-6-1

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 19-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 9; Bengals No. 13

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Bengals 44-13, Sept. 10

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Giants 33-14; Bengals beat Steelers 13-10

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (15), PASS (13)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (24), PASS (17)

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (14), PASS (16)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (8), PASS (10)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Baltimore has won four straight over Cincinnati, including 44-13 Monday night win that ranks as one of Bengals' worst season-opening losses in franchise history. ... Baltimore clinched second straight AFC North title with win over New York. Ravens are NFL's only team to go to playoffs each of last five years. ... Cincinnati clinched second straight wild card berth with win at Pittsburgh. ... Cincinnati locked into No. 6 seed. Baltimore could move up to No. 3 seed if it wins Sunday and New England - No. 3 seed heading into final weekend - loses at home to Miami. Ravens then would host Bengals following weekend. ... If Ravens lose or New England wins, Baltimore would host Indianapolis in first round. ... Baltimore's offense emerged from slump during win over Giants, gaining season-high 533 yards. Joe Flacco completed 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards with two TDs. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce reach ran for more than 100 yards. ... Rice has averaged 110 yards rushing with seven TDs in last four games against Cincinnati. He has run for two TDs in each of last three games against Bengals. ... Rice has 36 career catches for 300 yards against Cincinnati, his best mark against any team. ... Rice needs 22 yards receiving to join Marshall Faulk as only players to run for 1,000 yards and have 500 yards on catches in four straight seasons. ... In last four games against Cincinnati, Flacco has completed 71.3 percent of passes for 824 yards with five TDs, two INTs and 106.9 passer rating. ... TE Dennis Pitta needs one TD catch to set club record for tight ends. He's tied with Todd Heap at seven. ... S Ed Reed returned INT 34 yards for TD in season opener. His 10 INTs against Bengals second-most against any team. He has picked off 11 passes against Cleveland. ... K Justin Tucker has made 93.5 percent of field goal attempts. The NFL record for a rookie is 88.9 percent by Philadelphia's Alex Henery in 2011. ... Andy Dalton has completed 54 percent of passes with one TD and four INTs during Cincinnati's last three losses to Ravens. ... A.J. Green has five 100-yard games receiving, tying Bengals record. ... Green has 11 TD catches, trailing Green Bay's James Jones (13) and Dallas' Dez Bryant (12) for league lead. ... Green needs 116 yards to tie Chad Johnson's club record of 1,324 yards in season. ... Bengals' 47 sacks one shy of Denver for NFL lead. Cincinnati has never led NFL in sacks. Club record 48 in 2001. .. DT Geno Atkins has 12 1/2 sacks, most by NFL interior lineman.

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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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