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With one quarter of season done, Ravens have work to do

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With one quarter of season done, Ravens have work to do

The Ravens (1-3) are already one-quarter through their season. So despite Thursday night’s dramatic victory in Pittsburgh, they need to make up ground in the second quarter of their schedule.

Let’s look ahead to the Ravens’ next four games:

Week 5 - Oct. 11 vs. Browns (1-2) at M&T Bank Stadium

Week 6 - Oct. 18 at 49ers (1-2)

Week 7 - Oct. 26 (Monday night) at Cardinals (3-0)

Week 8 - Nov. 1 vs. Chargers (1-2) at M&T

The Ravens can’t afford to lose both games out West, as they did last month at Denver and at Oakland. This time, they have decided to return home between games, but that means logging plenty of miles over those two weeks.

The Ravens would have loved to escape the first four games no worse than 2-2.  Realistically, they knew playing five of their first seven on the road would make it very difficult to start fast. But they never envisioned losing their first three. They didn’t anticipate losing linebacker Terrell Suggs for the season in Game 1. And after Breshad Perriman looked so impressive minicamps, they didn’t expect Perriman’s knee injury on the first day of training camp to keep him out so long.

That’s why every player in the locker room Thursday night was elated to get victory No. 1. It has already been a long season for the Ravens, just four games in.

“There’s really not that much in the world, at least in my life, that compares to winning a game in the National Football League,” said quarterback Joe Flacco.

Now comes the challenge of winning some more. But Thursday night, the Ravens showed they still have the will to win, despite not having the record they want.

“This team has a lot of fight,” said wide receiver Kamar Aiken. “We won’t give up. That’s one thing that Ravens don’t do. We’re going to grind it out, all the way to the end.”

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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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