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Ravens at Dolphins: Five matchups to watch, starting with Suh

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Ravens at Dolphins: Five matchups to watch, starting with Suh

Here's all of the essential information for the Ravens' Week 13 matchup against the Dolphins. 

What: Ravens (4-7) at Dolphins (4-7) 

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

Watch: Ravens Kickoff (12 p.m., CSN); Ravens Postgame Live (4 p.m., CSN)

Five matchups to follow: 

1. Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh vs. Ravens offensive line 

Suh can be a play-wrecker, and the Ravens’ offensive line figures to be without left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder injury) again. Matchups between Suh and Ravens Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda should be classic, although Suh will attack other lineman as well.

2. Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub vs. Dolphins defense

With his first Ravens start out of the way, Schaub should be calmer and less rusty. But can he avoid the interceptions that have plagued him late in his career? At least Schaub has good karma against the Dolphins– with a 5-0 all-time record.

3. Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees vs. Dolphins offensive coordinator Zac Taylor

This is Taylor’s first game as coordinator, replacing Bill Lazor who was fired Monday. That makes the Dolphins’ offensive game plan a little harder to predict. Whatever the Dolphins do, Pees wants to eliminate the big plays that have hurt the Ravens this season.

4. Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry vs. Ravens secondary

Landry is on pace for a 1,000-yard season (816 yards), and is dangerous after the catch. Tackling has been an issue for the Ravens.

“He has quick feet, exceptional eyes,” said Pees. “His yards come running after the catch, and he makes a lot of people miss."

5. Ravens special teams vs. Dolphins special teams

The Ravens have blocked a kick in five straight games, and Ravens wide receiver Kaelin Clay returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown Monday night. This could be another game when the Ravens’ special teams make the difference.

Prediction: The Dolphins have lost four of their last five, while the Ravens seem to be building momentum.

RAVENS 26, DOLPHINS 20.

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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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