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Rice: Texans feel like rivalry with Steelers

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Rice: Texans feel like rivalry with Steelers

Wins aren't just hard to come by on the road, but points, too.

The Ravens only scored three field goals in an ugly, 9-6 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago. That marked six consecutive quarters in which they've failed to score a touchdown away from home this season.

"It's definitely a priority to get out and start fast, definitely on the road. The number one goal is to win. That's been pretty tough this year is to win on the road," running back Ray Rice said. "The way our offense wants to be, the way we want to play is with the tempo. So we like to get out and try to start fast."

The Ravens' no-huddle offense has been hot and cold. They haven't scored a touchdown in the first quarter in four consecutive games, including at home.

"We would prefer to come out and make a good first impression," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We haven't always done that."

Houston has never beaten Baltimore in five tries, including a 29-14 regular season loss last season and 20-13 in the playoffs. But the Texans are off to their best start in franchise history.

"It is sort of like that Pittsburgh Steeler-feeling kind of game. … Wow they've arrived. It's the best start in franchise history. They've earned it," Rice said. "They've earned the respect from the rest of the NFL.

"Nobody's looking at the Houston Texans on their schedule no more and saying, 'Oh shoot we got an easy game.' They're looking at the Houston Texans knowing you're going in for a fight."

Harbaugh expects Reliant Stadium to be a difficult venue to for his Ravens to succeed. 

"It seems like we're a team that people get excited to play against, crowds get pumped up for us when we come in there it seems like," he said. "We usually get the best of the crowd."

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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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