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Running Rice establishes passing game

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Running Rice establishes passing game

The Ravens went back to their old ways of running their offense, and it worked out Sunday.

Ray Rice had his most carries of the season as he ran the ball 20 times for 101 yards and a touchdown in the 31-30 victory against the Patriots.

"We just did what the defense gave us," said Rice, who had only 26 carries in the first two games combined. "They were in Cover 2. The linebackers were playing back in play action and we were using the run and pass."

The Ravens still used the no-huddle offense but were still in a rut from a week ago, when they lost 24-23 to the Philadelphia Eagles and failed to score a touchdown in the second half.

The first two plays were carries by Rice that netted just four yards as they went three-and-out.

On the next possession's first play, Joe Flacco was intercepted by Steve Gregory and three plays later the Patriots had a 10-0 lead.

After another three-and-out by Baltimore, a 49-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski would give New England it's largest lead at 13-0.

That's when the Ravens' offense picked up steam. Flacco drove his team 82 yards on 13 plays, but bfore he threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to Torrey Smith it was Rice's rushing that set the table.

Consecutive runs of six yards by Rice also led to Flacco finding Dennis Pitta for a 20-yard score and a brief 14-13 lead.

The run was setting up the pass again. On the first play of a drive with 7:29 left in the game, Rice had a 12-yard run as the Ravens would score on a 5-yard pass from Flacco to Smith to make it 30-28.

By the time Flacco stepped on the field for the final drive with 1:55 left to win the game, the Patriots were on their heels completely as he passed at will. Rice had just one run for one yard before Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal from 27 yards as time expired.

"The defense gave us some things early. We felt them out and we started to execute," Rice said. "I've never worried about my touches. As long as we execute I think we're going to be tough to stop."

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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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