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Ravens' 0-2 start makes playoff odds slim

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Ravens' 0-2 start makes playoff odds slim

The Ravens’ odds of making the playoffs are severely stacked against them.

Just 23 of 204 NFL teams (11.2%) have made the playoffs after starting 0-2 since 1990.  That’s when the NFL began the current 12-team playoff format.

The Colts beat the odds last season, reaching the AFC Championship game after losing their first two games. The Panthers made the playoffs after starting 0-2 in 2013.

Will the Ravens do it? Here’s how I rank the nine 0-2 teams and their playoff chances.

BEST CHANCE TO BEAT THE ODDS

1. Seahawks – They haven’t played a home game, and they’ve still got a ton of talent as defending NFC champs. However, they need to get tight end Jimmy Graham the ball more, and it would also help the defense greatly if they settled safety Kam Chancellor’s contract dispute.

2. Giants – Despite finding different ways to lose games late, I still think New York is the best team in the NFC Least. Whoops, I mean NFC East. And while Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is injured, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford looks uncertain, and Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is unproven, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings and is durable.

3. Colts – Hard to believe how much they are struggling offensively. But I have to believe quarterback Andrew Luck will get his act together, and the AFC South just isn’t that good. I could see the Colts still winning this division.

4. Ravens – Losing Terrell Suggs was a major blow, but the Ravens have a history of playing their best football late in the season. If they don’t let the brutal September-October schedule bury them too deep, the Ravens will be in the hunt come December. Having said all that, if they don’t beat the Bengals on Sunday, I think the Ravens are toast. Even as a wild card.

DON’T SEE IT HAPPENING

5. Texans – Even after running back Arian Foster returns, Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer will be their quarterbacks. Not feeling that.

6. Eagles – Coach Chip Kelly really gambled, parting with offensive weapons as talented as LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, and DeSean Jackson over the past two years. The bad start will only raise doubts among players about Kelly’s system. We’re about to find out how good Kelly really is.

7. Saints – I kept waiting for this team to right itself last year, and it didn’t happen. Now quarterback Drew Brees is not 100 percent healthy. They are not fooling me again.

STICK A FORK IN THEM, THEY’RE DONE

8. Lions – The Lions’ next three games are against teams that made the playoffs last season – Broncos, Seahawks, Cardinals. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took a beating Sunday against the Vikings. I don’t see Detroit’s season turning around.

9. Bears – Just a hunch, but I’m guessing Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman doesn’t miss coaching Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. 

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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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