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Ravens show good and bad in first game

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Ravens show good and bad in first game

The Ravens came out of Thursdays first pre-season game with a 31-17 victory over the Falcons. There were plenty of things to be excited about but also some things that can make you worry.
But then again, thats typical of exhibition games. Theres up and down, good and bad, stuff to like and not like. Coach John Harbaugh talked about some of that when addressing the media after the game.
I like the way our guys fought back and competed, he said. Curtis Painter made some great plays as well. Our defense hit a hat trick in turnovers, which is pretty cool. There is good and bad, but this is the first pre-season game, and we will improve.
The bad was the start and how the first team fared at times, falling behind 14-0 early. But the good is Painter's three TD passes, how the defense helped force four turnovers, which helped the Ravens score 31 of the games final 37 points.
The first teams performance in the first quarter certainly was somewhat troubling. Atlanta pushed the Ravens all over the field on offense and defense when both teams used their starters or most of them, as some were out due to injuries and other reasons.
Joe Flacco got the offense moving in the second quarter on a very nice drive. Torrey Smith made a couple of nice plays while Ed Dickson caught a bullet from Flacco for a touchdown. But Dickson then hurt his shoulder on the play, and his status was unsure afterwards.
But younger players like Omar Brown (defensive back), who came up with three turnovers by himself did some things that will make the coaches happy. Nows the time for the coaches to take a look at what can be fixed before next weeks exhibition game in Baltimore. Theyve got some work to do.

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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.

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“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.

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