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Some predictions for Ravens-Patriots

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Some predictions for Ravens-Patriots

It's only the third week of the season, but yes, Sunday's game with the Patriots probably can be considered a big contest.
The Ravens certainly don't want to fall to 1-2 although they wouldn't be worse than one game behind anyone in the AFC North. They certainly don't want to lose a big game at home since it's so much harder to win on the road.
And now, here's some predictions for Sunday night's battle with New England.
1. The defense will do better. These guys are, um, well, let's say ticked at what happened in Philadelphia last weekend. They made it clear throughout the week that this would should be a different story on Sunday, even if they are going against a team as good as the Patriots.
2.The pass rush still is going to be inconsistent but will look better enough to make life tough for Tom Brady at times. If the Ravens need to do better on the pass rush, can they do it without having to blitz all the time and leaving the secondary facing too much man coverage? That's a big question the Ravens must answer.
3. Same as above with the run defense. That's also been surprisingly inconsistent throughout the first two games. They need to do better and should in this game.
4. Tom Brady won't pick them to pieces. The Ravens have done a good job of keeping him under control in recent meetings, especially in last year's AFC title game. They should be able to do the same this time.
5. Ray Rice and Torrey Smith each should be busy and spend most of the night making the Patriots chase them up and down the field. That will give the Ravens lots of push on offense.
6. The Ravens love the spotlight, the big stage, whatever you want to call it. And playing on national TV after letting one slip away last week should have them fired up enough. It may not be perfect, but the Ravens will pull this one out.
Prediction: Ravens 31, Patriots 24

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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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