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Ravens making right plays at right times

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Ravens making right plays at right times

The Ravens, except for the second half of the opener against the Bengals, have been forced to battle through all of their games. They are now 3-1 after the first quarter of the season, but that includes three-and-a-half tough games.
The first half of the Bengals game was tough before the Ravens were able to blow it wide open in the second half. But the Ravens then dropped a one-point loss to the Eagles before rallying for a one-point win versus the Patriots on Sunday.
After that, a tough seven-point victory over Cleveland Thursday night which the Ravens earned even though they weren't at their best.
You hope theyre all easy, but they are not, said coach John Harbaugh when speaking to the media after the Cleveland game. This is the National Football League, this is the AFC North. Thats how it is. Its not college football. Every team in this league is really, really good. If you understand that, I think you have a chance to find a way to win.
Thats one thing the Ravens have been able to do in each of their three winsfinding a way to win. Its been a different task in each of the three victories.
The offense and defense combined for the first-game victory over Cincinnati, especially when it came to making big plays. In the New England game, it was the defense making a pair of fourth-quarter stops against the Patriots high-powered offense followed by rookie Justin Tuckers game-winning field goal.
Against the Browns, the Ravens were inconsistent at times on offense and defense but made enough plays at the right times on both sides to come up with the win. Thats what good teams do, and Harbaugh said his team needs to realize that.
Were a very good team, too, Harbaugh said. When you understand that, you have a chance to find a way to win games against everybody. If you dont understand that, you have no chance in this league.

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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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