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Ravens are second worst at forcing turnovers in the NFL


Ravens are second worst at forcing turnovers in the NFL

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens have just four takeaways this season, fewer than any NFL team except the Cowboys, who have three. Entering Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the Ravens have gone four straight games without forcing a turnover.

Meanwhile, the Ravens have committed 11 turnovers, throwing eight interceptions and losing three fumbles.

That’s just another reason why the Ravens are 1-6.

“It’s hard to overcome that,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “That’s one more thing to overcome that has been too much for us… We need to be on the plus side of that. That’s very important. We have not gotten enough turnovers. We have not gotten enough negative plays on defense. Those are two very critical areas for us.”

The Ravens would be forcing more turnovers if they were playing better defense. More turnovers will only come if their pass rush, pass coverage, and tackling improves.

“We’re blitzing a lot right now, and we want to keep blitzing a lot,” Harbaugh said. “We work on picking up balls. We work on certain coverages that try to create situations where we fool the quarterback. At the end of the day, we’ve had a lot of them in our hands; we have to make the play.

“You hit people as hard as they need to be hit. You strip… You’re in the right spot, good things happen… That’s what we have to do a better job of.”

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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.


“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.