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Ravens won title in 2000 despite tough early sked

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Ravens won title in 2000 despite tough early sked

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens shouldn’t complain about their 2015 schedule. The last time they played five of their first seven games on the road, they went on to win the Super Bowl.

That was in 2000, when the Ravens’ legendary defense anchored by middle linebacker Ray Lewis led them to a title. The Ravens played five of their first seven on the road that year, and won three of them – at Pittsburgh (16-0), at Cleveland (12-0), and at Jacksonville (15-10).  Then with a favorable late-season schedule, the Ravens won seven straight to end the regular season. They finished 12-4 and headed into the playoffs with momentum.

The Ravens would love to duplicate that this season, knowing that if they weather September and October, home games are stacked in November and December. Five of their first seven are on the road, starting with the Broncos (Week 1) and the Raiders (Week 2). It’s time for the Ravens to adapt a road warrior mentality, and coach John Harbaugh is already talking that language.

“It’s challenging, but certainly the whole league is challenging,” Harbaugh said following Tuesday’s practice.

“I don’t know how many other teams are faced with those challenges, but I’m sure other teams have their complaints as well. And who cares? Nobody cares. Nobody cares what our issues are. As a matter of fact, people are looking – our opponents are looking and our enemies are looking very favorably upon our challenges, and they’re hoping that our challenges will bring us down. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

To win at Denver, the Ravens will likely need a stellar performance from quarterback Joe Flacco, who has done some of his best career work on the road (seven road playoff wins). Having turned the page on the preseason, Harbaugh believes the Ravens will hit the road with the right mindset.

“Denver is a very difficult place to play,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a huge stadium, it’s right on top of you, and it’s very loud. Obviously, they have a really good football team, which is the most important part of their home field advantage. They were 8-0 (at home) last year during the regular season. I don’t think they’ve lost too many games there the past few years. But, we’ve beaten them, and we’re very confident, and we believe we can go win anywhere, so that will be our mindset.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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