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Schaub looks to avoid INT's, and build on victory

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Schaub looks to avoid INT's, and build on victory

Avoiding turnovers continues to be the biggest challenge for Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub.

His Ravens debut ended in celebration Monday night, after an improbable 33-27 victory. But Schaub would have been the offensive goat, if not for Brent Urban’s blocked field goal and Will Hill’s winning 64-yard return for a touchdown.

Schaub threw two huge interceptions – a 64-yard pick-six in the third quarter, and an underthrown pass with 50 seconds to play that almost handed the Browns the game. The Ravens will have a tough time winning consistently unless Schaub eliminates game-changing mistakes. But as they prepare for Sunday’s road game against the Dolphins, at least the Ravens can evaluate Schaub’s performance after a victory.

“He is definitely capable of playing winning football,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said following Monday’s game. “He didn’t see everything that he wanted to, but that’s probably because of not being on the field (for a long time). I’m glad we got the win.”

Monday was Schaub’s first start since 2013, and he had some good moments, completing 20 of 34 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Schaub was poised in the pocket, and due to his experience, there was no discernable difference in the Ravens’ game plan or play-calling without Joe Flacco, who missed the first game of his career due to his season-ending knee injury.

Schaub also responded to adversity well. After his pick-six, Schaub immediately led the Ravens on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, completing five of six passes, capped by a 15-yard touchdown to Kamar Aiken.

“We had a couple of really big drives in the game,” Schaub said. “We’re definitely making it hard on ourselves, that’s for sure. It just shows the heart and character of the guys in the locker room.”

However, the turnovers cannot be ignored, because Schaub has been haunted by them in recent years. The pick-six was the 13th Schaub has thrown during his career, and his sixth since 2013.

“When something like that happens, it’s the worst of the worst,” Schaub said. “But to come back out and put a touchdown drive right behind that? It says a lot about our team and our offense. We didn’t blink.”

That’s the approach Schaub will take into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He wants to avoid the interceptions. But he is determined not to let them shake his confidence.

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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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