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Special teams score two TDs in rout of Raiders

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Special teams score two TDs in rout of Raiders

The special teams certainly lived up to their name on Sunday.

Jacoby Jones scored on a 105-yard kickoff return, and Sam Koch ran for a 7-yard touchdown on a fake field goal on a day when everything went right as the Ravens cruised to a 55-20 victory over the Raiders.

Those were the final two touchdowns on a day when almost everything went right for the Ravens. Jones wasn't even touched on his long touchdown run, his second scoring return of the game, and Koch scored his first NFL touchdown as the Ravens faked a 24-yard field goal.

"They brought me in to play my role, and I'm going to do whatever I have to do to succeed," Jones said afterwards. "Every time they call my name -- whether it be a kick return or a pass -- I'm going to try to make that play."

Jones became the first Raven to return a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season. He scored on a 108-yard kickoff return earlier this year in a 31-29 victory over the Cowboys, and this is the reason the Ravens brought him in here. 

"[The two TDs are] good for our unit-- kick returns, punt returns, whatever," he said. "Everybody should share in it. That's good for all of us."

Jones also averaged 12 yards per return on three punt returns. On offense, he helped out with two catches for 54 yards.

Koch hadn't been very busy until that point. He never punted until the third quarter and had kicked just once until coming in to hold for what looked like another Justin Tucker field goal.

But coach John Harbaugh said the Raiders overloaded one side, which opened the door for the fake-- even though the Ravens already were holding a 41-17 lead. Koch is the holder, took the snap, and ran into the end zone with no trouble with 5:40 left in that third quarter.

"It was one thing that we called when we went out there, and they gave us the look we wanted, and it opened up," Koch said. "The guys up front did a great job blocking."

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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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