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Ravens won't overreact to bad night in Philly

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Ravens won't overreact to bad night in Philly

The Ravens took a beatdown Saturday night in Philadelphia. Yet, it was August during the preseason, not December during a playoff push. Certainly, the Ravens can expect a tough week of practice. But here are three reasons why they will not overreact to a 40-17 loss to the Eagles:

1. The Ravens know quarterback Joe Flacco is better than he played Saturday.

Flacco was off his game, after throwing the ball well throughout training camp and during the preseason opener. His worst throw was when he airmailed Marlon Brown, who was wide open across the middle. Had Flacco been more accurate, the Ravens’ offense would have spent more time on the field, giving the defense a chance to rest against the Eagles’ up-tempo offense. Instead, Flacco threw two early interceptions and things snowballed against the Ravens quickly.

“We had a guy wide open over the middle with Marlon,” Flacco said. “He’s a 6-5 wide receiver and I overthrew him by five feet.”

As Flacco goes, so goes the Ravens’ offense. Expect him to play better against the Redskins next weekend.

2. If this had been the regular season, the Ravens would have made more defensive adjustments.

Instead of game planning and making adjustments for the read option and other nuances of the Eagles’ offense under Chip Kelly, the Ravens played base defense and took their medicine.

“There’s no way we’re going to game plan for the second preseason game when we’re still installing, trying to develop guys,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Give the Eagles credit for badly outplaying the Ravens. But defensive coordinator Dean Pees is not going to start really playing chess until the regular season begins.

3. The Ravens believe their starting offensive line will be healthy by Week 1.

Right now, the line is banged up. Left tackle Eugene Monroe spent part of Saturday’s game sitting on the bench, wearing a wrap around his arm. Backup tackle James Hurst may have suffered a concussion, and undrafted rookie De’Ondre Wesley suffered a leg injury. During training camp, starting left guard Kelechi Osemele has been dealing with a sore Achilles, and both starting center Jeremy Zuttah and right tackle Rick Wagner had surgery during the offseason. However, Harbaugh anticipates Monroe, Osemele, Zuttuh, Marshal Yanda, and Wagner will be ready to go as a unit by Week 1, even if backups like Jah Reid (back) and Hurst are nursing injuries at the moment. Wesley may be the only one with a more serious injury.

“It’s not going to be a concern if we get those guys back,” Harbaugh said. “Those guys are all slated to come back to my knowledge. We’ll see about Wesley.”

Meanwhile, the Ravens will see if they can put a bad night behind them quickly.

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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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