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Turnovers not enough against Philly

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Turnovers not enough against Philly

The Ravens watched Eagles QB Michael Vick move his offense up and down the field throughout Sundays game. But a big reason the Ravens stayed close and led for a good part of the 24-23 loss is their defense helped cause four turnovers.
Three times, the turnovers came at the Baltimore 20 or closer to the end zone. Ed Reed added an interception at the Ravens 27. That stopped Philadelphia scoring drives, kept the Eagles from getting more points and jumping ahead early and let the Ravens make a run late in the first half.
Bernard Pollard made a nice play on the interception in the end zone on the first turnover. Two more fumbles helped the Ravens after that. Reed got the deflected interception in the second half.
The turnovers also helped the offense get the ball back, and the Ravens moved the ball well in the first half, taking a 17-7 lead at the break. But the Ravens couldnt do much on offense in the second half, scoring just six points.
The Ravens actually were able to come up with 10 points after the turnovers. In this game, the Eagles could have blown it open early and run away from the Ravens, but the miscues killed them.
For the Ravens, the defense was clearly trying to take the big play away from Vick and not let him hurt them. They did that for most of the game, and the Eagles have had problems with turnovers despite winning their first two games.
Philadelphia now has nine turnovers in its first two games, a ghastly number that wont make its coaches happy.
The Ravens stuck with the bend-but-dont-break format and gave up 486 yards and let the Eagles keep possession for almost nine minutes longer. In the end, the turnovers kept them in the game and gave Baltimore a good chance to win. The Ravens just werent able to finish the job.

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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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