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Ravens report card for the Rams game: Offense


Ravens report card for the Rams game: Offense

It's time once again to grade the Ravens after their last-second win over St. Louis on Sunday. It's safe to say that rarely, if ever, has a win felt so hollow in light of the season-ending injuries to Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett. The report card please, beginning with the offense:


For most of the game, Joe Flacco was average at best. He completed 27 of 44 passes for 299 yards and one touchdown, but he threw two interceptions, with neither close to his intended target. Flacco also badly missed on a few other throws, and it's clear the rhythm and chemistry with this group of receivers just isn't there. Of course, Flacco ended the game with one good leg, and gets some bonus points for battling through three snaps on a torn ACL to get the Ravens into field goal range.


When Justin Forsett (4-26) went down with a broken arm, Buck Allen had to step up and responded with 67 rushing yards and 48 receiving yards, with some strong running after the catch. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk of course caught a pass on the first play of a half again, but he even got involved in the running game, with his first career carries, albeit just 3 yards on two carries.


The Ravens played much of the game with three reserves along the offensive line against one of the league's best defensive fronts. John Urschel at center and Ryan Jensen at left guard each made the first start of his career, and James Hurst replaced injured Eugene Monroe at left tackle during the game as well. Flacco was under pressure a lot, with no hit more critical than when Hurst was driven into Flacco's knee in the final minute. The Ravens averaged 3.4 yards a carry, and Forsett was off to a strong start before being injured.


Crockett Gillmore (5-101) had the first 100-yard game of his career and broke off a 46-yard gain but also had at least one bad drop. He was targeted eight times, tied for most on the team. Maxx Williams was the only other active tight end and had three catches for 20 yards, but Williams was called for another penalty.


Kamar Aiken finished with five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, but getting separation remains an issue. The Ravens keep trying Aiken deep, and he's always well covered. Jeremy Butler finished with four catches for 45 yards, but Chris Givens was targeted seven times and had two catches for 25 yards. A No. 2 receiver needs to do more. Marlon Brown's slide to anonymity continues; he played a handful of snaps but never saw the ball.


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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.