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Ravens report card for the Seahawks game: Defense, special teams


Ravens report card for the Seahawks game: Defense, special teams

We've already graded the Ravens offense after their 35-6 blowout loss to Seattle. Now it's time to grade the defense and special teams. Is there enough red ink in the pen?


The Ravens were pushed around up front from the start. The Seahawks first series was way too easy, with running back Thomas Rawls usually 3 yards beyond the line of scrimmage before any Ravens even made contact. Rawls averaged more than 7 yards a carry before leaving with a broken ankle. The Seahawks No. 3 and No. 4 running backs -- remember, Marshawn Lynch is already hurt -- didn't do as well, but the Seahawks still managed 123 yards rushing. And the Ravens got virtually no pressure up the middle on Russell Wilson.


Pass rush? Russell Wilson could have ordered a pizza with all the time he had in the pocket, just waiting and waiting for his receivers to come open. Daryl Smith is looking his age, and tackling was suspect at best across the board. C.J. Mosley had the Ravens' only quarterback hit on Wilson, but his tackling left a lot to be desired. Courtney Upshaw is solid against the run but just not a factor in the passing game. At least Elvis Dumervil recovered a fumble.


On one of his touchdowns, Doug Baldwin was so open that literally no Ravens were even in the TV frame on the replay. That's because Lardarius Webb got faked out, twisted around and fell down. On another touchdown, Tyler Lockett just blew by Webb, who had a horrible day. Shareece Wright wasn't much better, despite his game-high nine tackles. Forget all that talk of improved secondary play. This wasn't Case Keenum or Ryan Tannehill anymore. Russell Wilson embarrassed the Ravens, and Seahawks receivers were wide open all day long. There were communication errors, technique errors and poor tackling, and the Ravens again failed to come up with an interception. It was the same old story for this group.


Sam Koch had a couple of uncharacteristically bad kicks, including a 41-yard touchback that wasn't close to landing in play, but he also dropped a 56-yard beauty to the 5-yard line, and the field position swing ultimately led to a Ravens field goal. Justin Tucker was 2-for-2 on short field goals, though he never got a chance to redeem himself from 50-plus. Kaelin Clay averaged 15.3 yards on three punt returns, and Zachary Orr came within a fingernail of blocking a Seahawks punt.


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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.