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Ravens report card: Defense, special teams


Ravens report card: Defense, special teams

We've already graded the offense after the Ravens' 37-33 loss to Oakland. Now it's time to grade the defense and special teams. After giving up 37 points, did anyone pass?


The Ravens allowed about 5 yards a carry on the ground (19 carries, 97 yards) and generally got pushed around. There was no pressure up the middle on Derek Carr, and Timmy Jernigan committed a terrible roughing-the-passer penalty that handed the Raiders 15 yards on their game-winning drive. The starting front three of Jernigan, Brandon Williams and Chris Canty had a combined total of one tackle.


The Ravens had no pass rush whatsoever, allowing Derek Carr to sit back and carve up the Ravens defense (351 yards passing). True, Terrell Suggs was out, but Elvis Dumervil was no factor. Courtney Upshaw, Za'Darius Smith and Albert McClellan all saw time at outside linebacker and hardly ever got near Carr. Upshaw was again badly mismatched when he had to drop into coverage. C.J. Mosley (9) and Daryl Smith (8) led the team in tackles, but they both missed tackles as well. Paging Jason Babin ...


The Ravens secondary was picked apart, but when any NFL quarterback has as much time as Derek Carr did, that's bound to happen. Jimmy Smith got badly beaten by Amari Cooper on the Raiders' first touchdown, and Michael Crabtree got 10 yards behind Lardarius Webb on another play as Webb bit on Carr's rollout. Only an underthrown ball kept that from being an easy touchdown. On the Raiders' game-winning score, Seth Roberts got all alone in the Ravens zone after Kyle Arrington let him go by. Arrington was also beaten deep when he had to play outside after Webb briefly left the game. Safety Kendrick Lewis got faked out of his shoes by Carr on a read-option, leading to a 24-yard run by Carr. Will Hill's interception was one of the few highlights, and a second pick that would have ended the game was waved off by a questionable defensive holding call.  


Justin Tucker was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, and Sam Koch netted 43.5 yards on two punts. Michael Campanaro had one kick return of 29 yards, but Steve Smith let a punt drop that ultimately rolled into a 70-yard kick. The Ravens punt coverage team allowed just 5 yards on two returns.


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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.


“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.