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Steelers-Ravens game flexed out of prime time

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Steelers-Ravens game flexed out of prime time

Here’s another sign that the Ravens are having a dismal season. The Ravens-Steelers game in Week 16 has been flexed out of prime time.

The Steelers-Ravens game on Dec. 27 at M&T Bank Stadium is now a 1 p.m. start instead of 8:30.

The NFL issued a statement Monday that if the Giants won Monday night, the Giants-Vikings game in Week 16 would replace Steelers at Ravens on Sunday Night Football.  And the Giants did win, dropping the Dolphins, 34-27, thanks to a big game from Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, who did a Ray Lewis dance after his 84-yard touchdown catch.

So if you have tickets to Steelers at Ravens in Week 16, be prepared to tailgate much earlier.

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It’s understandable the league would make this move. The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is one of the most compelling in the NFL, but the Ravens (4-9) simply aren’t holding up their end, with an injury-depleted team already eliminated from the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Vikings and Giants are both fighting for playoff berths, and the league can promo that game with marquee names like Beckham, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, and Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Most of the Ravens’ marquee names are on the injured list, including quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Steve Smith.

The Ravens have actually won twice in prime time this season, beating the Steelers on Monday night in Week 4, and the Browns on Monday night in Week 12. However, the Ravens won’t be playing any more night games until next season.

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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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