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Ravens cautious of Chiefs despite record

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Ravens cautious of Chiefs despite record

The Kansas City Chiefs are a team in disarray, and depending on the point of view they're either ripe for picking or desperately dangerous.

The Ravens travel to play a 1-3 team at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

The Chiefs are coming off a 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers and have committed 15 turnovers for the season. Quarterback Matt Cassel is responsible for 10.

The Ravens have forced eight turnovers.

But a wounded team can't be taken lightly, especially because of star talents such as running back Jamaal Charles and receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Charles leads the NFL with 415 yards and two touchdowns and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Bowe had 25 catches for 342 yards and three touchdowns.

"Bowe is maturing as a wide receiver," Ravens safety Lardarius Webb said. "He is running his routes. He is being physical in the run blocking. ... We have to contain him. No. 25 (Charles) is back now. He is coming off a little injury, but he is back. If he gets a step in front of anyone, he's gone..

"I'm not going to say he reminds me of (Eagles RB LeSean) McCoy, but their running styles are similar, the way they cut back. We have to know where these guys are at."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is in awe of the Chiefs' firepower. In their only victory, they came back to win at the New Orleans Saints in overtime.

"You're talking about weapons," he said. "They have them all."

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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