The bye week is over, and the Ravens go back on to the field Sunday against the Browns. Here's a few predictions/guesses for what will happen in the game in Cleveland:
1. Ray Rice will have a very busy afternoon-- The Ravens need to give Rice the ball more in any way possible. Let him run, let him catch the passes, just get him the ball. And that's what will happen in this game. What's going to be interesting is to see how far the Ravens take it. Would he have a chance to run the ball like 25 times. It's going to be interesting to see how busy Rice gets in this game.
2. The defense should be play better, led by Terrell Suggs-- The bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the defense, and they've had two weeks to look over film and figure out what's been going wrong. Even though the Browns have played better in recent games, they are not the Houston Texans, so the Ravens' defense should have a chance to turn in a better effort, and you can bet Suggs will be all over the place. The way he came back after ACL surgery is really something special.
3. The offense will get away from living off the passing attack-- This ties into the Rice thing. The NFL is now officially in love with offenses living off the air game. That's fine, but no matter what, teams need to learn how to run the ball to balance the attack. And the combination of a solid running game and effective passing attack makes any team hard to stop. The Ravens really should be able to do both, but they haven't done it yet this year.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Browns 16-- This one won't be a piece of cake because the Browns have been playing better and it's a home game for them. But the Ravens should be able to control the clock and the game.
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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