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Playoffs? Unlike Mora, Harbaugh embraces that idea

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Playoffs? Unlike Mora, Harbaugh embraces that idea

OWINGS MILLS – Despite the improbable odds of them making the playoffs, the Ravens are not ready to concede.

Former Colts coach Jim Mora had his famous rant about the Colts’ playoff chances in 2001.

However, when asked Monday if he thought the Ravens could still make the playoffs at 2-6, coach John Harbaugh had a much different reaction than Mora.

“Of course we can,” Harbaugh said. “We’re planning on it. We’re very optimistic about what’s in front of us, our future.”(We) love our players, love the way they work, love the enthusiasm they had today coming back and getting ready for Jacksonville. We’ll take it one day at a time, one game at a time.”

Here’s one reason why the Ravens could have a better second half. None of their next six opponents is currently above .500: These next six games will determine the significance, if any, of Weeks 16 (vs. Steelers) and Week 17 (at Bengals) for the Ravens:

Week 10 – Jaguars (2-6)

Week 11 – Rams (4-4)

Week 12 - at Browns (2-7)

Week 13 - at Dolphins (3-5)

Week 14 – Seahawks (4-4)

Week 15 – Chiefs (3-5)

Of course, if someone had told you on Labor Day that the Ravens would be 2-6 after eight games, and would not have either Steve Smith or Terrell Suggs the rest of the season, how would you have assessed their playoffs chances?

That’s the reality for the Ravens. But if they pull off the improbable, they will certainly have plenty to talk about.

“That’s why it’s going to feel so much greater when we finally make it, coming back from this record and the first eight games of this season,” said cornerback Jimmy Smith. “Let’s make some history.”

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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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