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Ravens report card: Offense struggles against Dolphins


Ravens report card: Offense struggles against Dolphins

It's time to grade the Ravens after their 15-13 loss to Miami that has the Ravens (4-8) teetering on the brink of the first losing season of the Harbaugh era. We begin with the offense:


Like Joe Flacco has done in other games this year, Matt Schaub put up numbers that look OK in fantasy football but not nearly as good on the field. Schaub finished 32-for-46 for 308 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions. And this being Schaub, one of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown. Schaub obviously had his bell rung late in the second quarter before his two-interception meltdown that turned the game. The NFL should have to answer for how Schaub never missed a snap despite slamming his head into the turf and grimacing in obvious pain. It's clear that any ball thrown by Schaub farther than 10 yards is an adventure, and the Dolphins made good breaks on several of them. Schaub did thread a few nice throws in, but overall, the good throws were few and far between.


Rookie Buck Allen looks to be the big winner in the wake of the Ravens rash of injuries this year. No one has stepped up to shine in the moment more than Allen. He was outstanding against the Dolphins, with 17 carries for 63 yards and 12 catches -- one shy of the franchise record -- for 107 yards, including a nifty 41-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Terrance West had eight carries for 31 yards, but it's surprising that the Ravens couldn't muster more than 94 rushing yards and 3.6 yards a carry against the lowest-rated run defense in the league. And facing 2nd-and-3 from the Dolphins 4-yard line, the Ravens failed to pick up 3 yards on three straight runs, turning the ball over on downs.


The Ravens averaged just 3.6 yards against the lowest-rated run defense in the league. Matt Schaub was sacked three times, hit 10 times, and generally harassed. Left tackle James Hurst had a rough day filling in for Eugene Monroe. He was beaten by Olivier Vernon twice on sacks, and then had a huge holding penalty that nullified a first down as the Ravens were driving late. Schaub was sacked on the next play and the Ravens had to punt. Center John Urschel and the line got no surge on the fourth-and-inches QB sneak.


Really, this group should probably just get an 'incomplete' grade. Maxx Williams missed the game with a concussion, and Crockett Gillmore left with a back injury. That left rookie Nick Boyle as the only healthy tight end. He finished with three catches for 15 yards, and Gillmore had one catch for 7 yards before leaving.


Kamar Aiken had a couple of tough grabs en route to six catches for 48 yards. Chris Givens (3-68) remains the Ravens best -- or, really, only -- downfield threat. Daniel Brown made his first career catch, for 17 yards, and had a long touchdown catch wiped off on a very questionable pass interference penalty. Jeremy Butler (4-43) got involved as well, but with Schaub under pressure, the Ravens didn't take a lot of shots downfield. Schaub didn't help this group at times with some inaccurate throws.

[RELATED: NFL to follow up with Ravens on Schaub concussion protocol

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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.