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'Tough fight' ahead vs. Steelers' No. 1 defense


'Tough fight' ahead vs. Steelers' No. 1 defense

Cam Cameron’s offense put on a stellar display in the Ravens’ 55-20 win vs. the Oakland Raiders last week, but Sunday will be the ultimate test.

They’re not only playing at the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle for AFC North supremacy among heated rivals, they’re going up against the NFL’s No. 1 defense.

The Ravens' hurry-up led by quarterback Joe Flacco isn't as prolific on the road, averaging just 17.5 points per game. The Steelers allow 19.7.

Despite not having safety Troy Polamalu (calf) for most of the season and beginning it without linebacker James Harrison because of knee surgery, the Steelers (6-3) still have maintained an elite level.

Polamalu’s ability to play remains questionable. He didn't practice for the second day in a row Thursday.

"They’re doing all the things they’ve always done well. They do a great job in disguising what they’re doing," Cameron said. "They have some nice scheme things they do with their fifth rusher and sometimes their sixth. Like a lot of good offenses and defenses, you build a foundation, you build it with fundamentals so that if you do have injuries to a guy or two or three you don’t fall off the face of the earth. And that’s what they’ve done.”

Safety Ryan Clark went out with a concussion in Monday night’s 16-13 overtime win vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, but he’s expected to play Sunday. He was a full participant in practice Thursday. 

"They’re physical. They can run," Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones said of the Steelers’ secondary. "They play everything until the whistle blows. That’s going to be a tough fight."


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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.


“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.