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Upon further review .. Revisiting our 10 predictions


Upon further review .. Revisiting our 10 predictions

It's time once again to slip under the replay hood and see how our 10 predictions held up for the Ravens-Raiders game:

1. The Ravens will run more than they pass.

INCORRECT. The Ravens did not lean on Ray Rice as expected. Even with a big lead, the Ravens continues to mix the run and pass, and Joe Flacco simply picked apart Oakland's defense. Led by Rice (13 carries) and Bernard Pierce (10), the Ravens ran on 28 plays, including Sam Koch's fake field goal touchdown. They passed 34 times.

2. Ray Rice will rush for 100 yards.

INCORRECT. A week after Tampa Bay's Doug Martin ran for 251 yards against Oakland, we expected a big day from Rice. With the big lead, he wasn't called upon to do too much, but the Raiders did a solid job defending the run. Rice finished with 13 carries for just 35 yards, an average of just 2.7 yards a run, and his longest gain was a 7-yarder.

3. A Ravens tight end will catch a touchdown pass.

CORRECT. As they pledged to do, the Ravens indeed got the tight ends more involved in the offense, and did so right away. Dennis Pitta led the Ravens with five catches for 67 yards, and Ed Dickson had two grabs for 59 yards. All seven tight end receptions came in the first half, including a leaping, 5-yard touchdown catch by Pitta, the first touchdown by a tight end since Week 3.

4. Joe Flacco will complete at least 60 percent of his pases.

CORRECT. The home Joe Flacco was on display on Sunday, carving up the Raiders defense with strong, on-target throws and three touchdown passes. He finished with 21 completions in 33 attempts for a .636 percentage and a quarterback rating of 115.8. He has had four games this season with a rating of more than 100, and all have been at home.

5. Carson Palmer will throw at least 40 passes.

CORRECT. After the Raiders fell behind 17-3 by the middle of the second quarter, it was up to Palmer and his tireless right arm to try to get them back in the game. After throwing a career-high 61 passes the week before, Palmer was 29-for-45 for 368 yards and two touchdowns with one interception against the Ravens.

6. The Raiders will not rush for 100 yards.

CORRECT. With their top two running backs sidelined by ankle injuries, the Raiders' running game was already greatly diminished, and the big early deficit only compounded that. Fullback Marcel Reese moved into the starting job and had 13 carries for 48 yards, and the Raiders finished with 72 yards on 24 carries.

7. The Ravens will have at least two sacks.

CORRECT. Technically, the Ravens recorded three sacks, with Paul Kruger registering two of them. In truth, they had a lot of help. One sack came after Carson Palmer was stepped on by right guard Mike Brisiel and fell down while fading back. Another came after left guard Cooper Carlisle bumped into Palmer. But the Ravens were in Palmer's face all day, as evidenced by six balls tipped by the front seven.

8. There will be a 50-plus yard field goal made.

INCORRECT. Two of the liveliest legs in the league never quite got to showcase that, though the Raiders' Sebastian Janikowski did hit the crossbar on a kickoff. Both kickers were perfect, though, with each going 2-for-2. Janikowski hit from 32 and 47 yards, with the Ravens' Justin Tucker hitting from 48 and 34, and the long kicks made it with plenty to spare.

9. The Raiders will have a pass play of at least 30 yards.

CORRECT. The Raiders took a couple early shots downfield, but for the most part Palmer was content to hit short dump-off passes. He did, though, hit Denarius Moore on a 38-yard reception, and Darrius Heyward-Bey had a catch-and-run 55-yard score after breaking a tackle by Ed Reed.

10. Ravens 33, Raiders 23

PRETTY MUCH CORRECT. We had written that "this banged-up Raiders team is just what the Ravens need before they begin a grueling six-week stretch." Indeed, it was huge to be able to rest Haloti Ngata the entire game, let the starters sit in the fourth quarter and get a big confidence boost entering Steelers Week.

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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.