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Ravens report card: Offense


Ravens report card: Offense

It's time to hand out the grades to the offense following the Ravens season-opening, 19-13 loss at Denver.  As you might expect, it isn't pretty considering the Ravens produced zero offensive touchdowns. The report card, please:


Statistically, Joe Flacco had one of his worst games as a pro. His total of 117 passing yards was the fifth-lowest in 113 regular-season games, and his passer rating of 38.2 was his lowest since 2011. But that failure isn't all on him. Flacco was sacked twice, hit nine times and harassed constantly.  He had virtually no time to throw, and his receivers couldn't get open.

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Justin Forsett had a 20-yard run late in the game that made his final numbers (14 carries, 43 yards) slightly better than anemic. But he did little for most of the game. And he had a bad whiff in pass protection that led to a sack. Rookie Buck Allen (nine carries, 30 yards) had a few nice runs. Forsett (four catches, 13 yards) and fullback Kyle Juszczyk (four catches, 17 yards) led the team in receptions, but couldn't do much after the catch.


For a unit that is supposed to be a strength of the team, this group was manhandled by the Broncos. Eugene Monroe left early with a concussion, and tackles James Hurst and Rick Wagner on the outside had a lot of trouble dealing with the Broncos edge rushers. But the interior line struggled as well, generating virtually no running room. The Ravens totaled 14 yards on 10 first-down running plays.


The tight ends are expected to be a key component of Marc Trestman's offense, but they didn't do much at Denver. Crockett Gillmore finished with two catches for 23 yards, including a huge fourth-down grab late in the game. But Gillmore couldn't haul in a tough catch that was ultimately intercepted on the Ravens final offensive play. Rookie Maxx Williams had one catch for 15 yards, but the Ravens need a lot more from these two.


Steve Smith caught two passes on the Ravens opening drive but had no catches from then on. He did have a potential go-ahead touchdown bounce off his fingertips. Kamar Aiken, who started alongside Smith, had one catch for minus-1 yard. When the No. 2 receiver ends up with negative yardage, that's a problem. Marlon Brown finished with two catches for 25 yards, and Michael Campanaro had one catch for 8. But this group consistently couldn't get open. Without Breshad Perriman (knee), there is no deep speed threat, so the Broncos could afford to play much more physical and closer to the line of scrimmage. Of course, with the lack of pass protection, Flacco rarely if ever had time for any deep plays to develop.

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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.