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Ravens, Browns both clamped down on run


Ravens, Browns both clamped down on run

Ray Rice ended up with 25 carries for 98 yards in the Ravens’ 25-15 win over the Browns on Sunday, so maybe the why-don’t-they-give-it-to-Ray-more crowd will be silenced. On the other hand, Rice’s carry total was boosted by the seven he had from about midway through the fourth quarter on.

So maybe some fans were wondering earlier in the second half what had happened to the running game that was working so well on the Ravens’ first two drives of the game.

Does anyone want to credit the Browns defense? Maybe Cleveland made adjustments at halftime. Of Rice’s 98 total yards rushing, only 32 came in the second half – and most of that was on consecutive plays on the Ravens’ one touchdown drive.

And if you don’t want to give credit to the Browns for figuring out how to slow Rice in the second half, then perhaps you shouldn’t give the Ravens any props for the job they did on Trent Richardson after halftime. The Browns rookie running back ended up with 105 yards on the ground, but only 34 came in the second half.

Obviously, the Ravens came up with a way to clamp down on Richardson. It wasn’t that the Browns gave up on trying to run him – he had 11 of his 25 carries in the second half – it was that he wasn’t really getting anywhere.

So instead of blame, this was a case of both defenses deserving some kudos – or some other candy bar.

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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.