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Ravens fall to Raiders: 5 things you need to know

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Ravens fall to Raiders: 5 things you need to know

OAKLAND – Here are five things we learned after the Ravens fell to 0-2, losing to the Raiders, 37-33:

1. The Ravens are in trouble, 0-2 for the first time under John Harbaugh.

This was a must-win the Ravens didn’t get, and it left them dead last (0-2) in the AFC North. The result makes the Ravens’ home opener against the Bengals (2-0) next week even more crucial. If the Bengals start 3-0, and the Ravens start 0-3, do you think the Ravens will win the AFC North? I don’t.

2.  The Ravens’ decision to stay West before this game didn’t help.

The Ravens spend the week practicing in San Jose, spent nine days on the road, and for what? To go 0-2, that’s what. And they are planning another weeklong stay out West in October when they play the 49ers and Cardinals back-to-back. By the end of October, the Ravens will have spent a lot of time on the road. But if they don’t starting playing better, they’re going to be in deep trouble by the time they reach Week 8.

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3.  Linebacker Terrell Suggs was missed. 

If you give up 37 points to the Raiders, you deserve to lose. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had a ton of time to throw all day. This was the Ravens’ first game after Suggs’ season-ending Achilles injury, and the defense didn’t react well. The amount of time Carr had to throw also led to mistakes in the Ravens’ secondary. Newly-signed pass rusher Jason Babin was not activated for this game, but whether Babin eventually helps or not, it will be difficult for the Ravens’ defense to succeed if their pass rush remains this dormant. 

4.  The Ravens have a pass-catching tight end in Crockett Gillmore 

This was a statement game for Gillmore (five catches, 88 yards, two touchdowns), one of the few Ravens positives to take from this game. He showed his ability not only to get open, and to make powerful runs after the catch. Gillmore overpowered three Raiders defenders to bull his way into the end zone. In only his second year, Gillmore entered the league labeled as a blocking tight end. In truth, he’s an all-around tight end who looks ready to become a weekly weapon in the Ravens’ offense. 

5.  The Ravens haven’t established an identity.

Last week, the Ravens’ offense didn’t score a touchdown. In this game, the Ravens’ defense couldn’t control Oakland’s offense. With Suggs gone, Steve Smith )10 catches 150 yards), Joe Flacco, and defensive vets like Elvis Dumervil and Chris Canty must help younger players to keep from panicking.

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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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