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Ravens fail to score a touchdown in 27-12 loss to Lions

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Ravens fail to score a touchdown in 27-12 loss to Lions

BALTIMORE -- The Ravens feel better about themselves after a 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions on Friday than they did after a comeback victory a week ago in their preseason opener.

The hurry-up offense and the pass protection for quarterback Joe Flacco were markedly better even though the end result didn't reflect it.

"Last week, on our first drive, we completed a couple balls but we didn't move the chains," said Flacco, who was 7-for-12 for 79 yards and a 78.1 passer rating. "You get that first first down, you're able to get into a little bit more of a rhythm, things can start going a little bit ...It was definitely nice to get off on a good start and move the ball down there."

The Ravens took a 6-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff and a 50-yarder by rookie Justin Tucker.

But it didn't take Detroit long to find its groove. It registered big plays between quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson, and the Ravens didn't have that kind of explosiveness or the ability to convert field position into points.

With the Lions backed up in the end zone, the Ravens' secondary allowed Johnson downfield for a 57-yard completion. Johnson eventually made an 18-yard touchdown catch. Then the Lions were able to convert a 2nd-and-16 into a first down that led to a 24-yard scoring catch by Titus Young to pull away at 14-6.

Baltimore, however, had a plethora of missed opportunities that could've altered the outcome:

Linebacker Paul Kruger, who is expected to help fill the gap left by the injured Terrell Suggs, just missed on a chance to intercept a third-down pass from Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew that could've resulted in a touchdown.Undrafted rookie Deonte Thompson took a kickoff seven-yards deep in his own end zone and appeared to be en route to touchdown. Thompson stepped out of bounds at his own 48-yard line, then had the ball moved back even more after Sergio Kindle was called for holding. A third-quarter punt return for an 85-yard touchdown by rookie Asa Jackson was negated by a holding penalty on Nigel Carr.
Ray Rice only had five carries for 12 yards as the Ravens were led by backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor's 60 yards on seven carries. Taylor was just 8-for-22 passing for 65 yards in relief of Flacco.

LaQuan Williams joined the first unit after receiver Torrey Smith was a late scratch because of an ankle injury. Flacco targeted him six times, but Williams only caught two for 22 yards.

"You're not going to peak really early, and it's August," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We've got a lot of season in front of us."

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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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