If you want to see two desperate teams, don’t miss the Ravens’ next game Sunday when they visit the 49ers.
Both the Ravens (1-4) and 49ers (1-4) need a reason for hope. The winner will have some, at least for a week. The loser can basically kiss the 2015 season goodbye.
“We don’t have time to sit and sulk about our problems,” said Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, after Sunday’s 33-30 overtime loss to the Browns. “It’s not a lot of time to sit back and worry about being 1-4, although it’s hard to look past – it’s very hard to look past- but we have another game. Every game for us from now on, even this one is a playoff game. So, we have to take that mentality for the next 13 weeks, 15 weeks, or however many.”
There will be plenty of storylines leading up to the Ravens-49ers game, such as:
1. 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith playing against his former team.
2. Ravens coach John Harbaugh facing the organization that forced out his brother, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, despite Harbaugh leading the 49ers to the playoffs three times in four seasons.
3. 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin facing his former team for the first time since the Ravens traded him.
Boldin and the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII over the 49ers, but that was almost three years ago, and plenty has changed for both franchises. Right now, the Ravens and 49ers are not Super Bowl teams. They are two desperate teams, just trying to win a game. And as bad as they feel now, the loser of Sunday’s matchup will feel even worse.
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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.”
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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