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Ravens-Browns preview

Ravens vs. Browns
at Cleveland Browns Stadium, 1 p.m. ET

The line: Ravens -4

Series: Ravens lead 20-7  

Last meeting: Ravens won 23-16 on Sept. 27 in Baltimore.

Last week: Ravens had a bye; Browns beat the San Diego Chargers at home 7-6.

Burning question: Will the hurry-up offense slow down and allow RB Ray Rice to finally get more touches?

Keys to victory on offense: The Ravens only average 15 ppg on the road, 17 fewer than they score at home. They plan on simplifying the play-calling to help with the crowd noise, which they attribute to their inconsistent play, and vary the pace. That means better ball control to extend drives and better protection of QB Joe Flacco, who was sacked four times in the first meeting. This offense is much more effective when playing with a cushion rather than from behind. The Ravens have scored only one TD in their last 10 quarters on the road. And they've failed to score a TD in the opening quarter since Week 2. For Flacco gets this offense back on track, those dry spells have to end.

Keys to victory on defense: It has allowed an average of 207 yards rushing in the last three games. But Browns RB Trent Richardson was held to 47 yards on 14 carries when these teams met during Week 4. Richardson, however, appears healthy and over a rib injury that had limited him in recent games. LB Terrell Suggs should be closer to top form since his Achilles injury, but the Ravens aren't totally healthy. DT Haloti Ngata won't be at full strength and DE Pernell McPhee is out. That'll mean Arthur Jones steps into McPhee's spot and Terrence Cody makes his way onto the defensive line for more snaps. They need to get pressure on rookie QB Brandon Weeden and not allow him to throw for 300-plus yards again and help a secondary that's missing CB Lardarius Webb (knee) for the season.

Injury list: RAVENS -- Out: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh); Questionable: DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), WR LaQuan Williams (ankle); Probable: WR Jacoby Jones (foot), CB Jimmy Smith (abs), CB Chykie Brown (ankle), TE Ed Dickson (hand), WR Tandon Doss (illness), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hand), S James Ihedigbo (hand), DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), OT Bryant McKinnie (thigh), OT Michael Oher (ankle), OT Kelechi Osemele (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder/chest), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle), DeAngelo Tyson (foot), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

BROWNS -- Out: DB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), DL Brian Sanford (knee); Doubtful: DL Ahtyba Rubin (calf); Questionable: LB D'Qwell Jackson (foot/toe), WR Josh Cooper (thigh); Probable: DL John Hughes (arm), DL Juqua Parker (injury not listed), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib), DB Ray Ventrone (hand/calf), DB T.J. Ward (hand/shoulder), DB Johnson Bademosi (hip), DB Tashaun Gipson (knee), OL Shawn Lauvao (groin), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), LS Christian Yount (shoulder), QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh), OL Jarrod Shaw (illness), DL Frostee Rucker (shoulder/toe), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (chest/toe), LB James-Michael Johnson (knee/groin).

Prediction: Ravens 24-17.

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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.