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Romo picks apart Ravens in loss

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Romo picks apart Ravens in loss

Tony Romo played much better this week than last—and that’s a big reason the Ravens had problems on defense once again.

Romo came off a five-interception performance against the Bears last week and completed 25 for 36 for 261 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys pushed Baltimore to the limit before the Ravens hung on for a 31-29 victory Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Romo’s ability to make good passes and guide the running game helped the Cowboys constantly keep possession and pressure the Ravens’ defense. Dallas compiled 481 yards total offense, 227 of which came on the ground, plus 30 first downs.

The Cowboys also had a huge advantage in time of possession, 40 minutes, three seconds to 19:57 – a big reason they controlled long stretches of the game. They had the ball for almost the entire third quarter, thanks mainly to the good combination of running and Romo's passing.
 
“They haven’t defended the run as well as they typically have in the past,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “We want to run the football. It makes the quarterback’s job so much easier.”

The success running the ball – DeMarco Murray (93 yards) and Felix Jones (92) – opened the door for Romo to pick apart the Baltimore defense. Dez Bryant led the way with 13 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns and kept making big plays.
 
But even Romo said the good running game made his life so much easier this time around.

“As a quarterback, it makes it a completely different game when you run the ball like that,” Romo said. “If you have a game where you have to keep throwing the ball, it makes it so difficult. The more you throw, the more predictable the formations become.”

The Ravens also suffered a number of injuries on defense – Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Haloti Ngata and others – and needed a bunch of players to step up at the right times to make plays.

And even though they had problems stopping Romo and the Cowboys all day, the Ravens were able to make just enough plays to hold on and pull out their fifth win in six games, something that made Ravens coach John Harbaugh happy afterwards. 
 
“I’m proud of this team,” said Harbaugh. “Was it perfect? Was it pretty? No. And I’m sure that’s all stuff that will get written about, and it’s all fine. But a victory is still a victory. I’m proud of these guys for understanding and figuring out a way to win.”

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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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