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Weekly NFL power rankings

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Weekly NFL power rankings

The Ravens understandably took a nosedive in the various national power rankings after their 43-13 loss to Houston. Of course, for all the gloom and doom, they still hold a 1 1/2-game lead in their division going into their bye week. Here is where the Ravens stand in various power rankings this week:

 CBS Sports.com: No. 8, down two spots: "This defense hardly resembles what it used to be. And I'm not sure it's fixable. They have issues -- big ones."

ESPN: No. 6, down two spots: ”The 30-point loss at Houston marked the largest margin of defeat for Baltimore in coach John Harbaugh's five seasons, a span of 80 games."

Fox Sports (rankings done by former Ravens coach Brian Billick): No. 6, down four spots: “The 30-point loss Sunday was the Ravens' worst since 2007. They have given up at least 180 yards rushing in three straight weeks.”

NFL.com: No. 8, down four spots: "Baltimore takes a dip, and the blame can't all be laid at offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's feet, per the usual. The Ravens can't stop anybody right now, which is why they fall below Seattle in our Power Rankings. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees' outfit has allowed 214, 227 and 181 yards on the ground over the last three weeks."

National Football Post: No. 8, down four spots: "Terrell Suggs' return didn't change the results for the Ravens' defense."

Pro Football Talk: No. 9, down seven spots: "Joe Flacco really is a top-five quarterback.  In his division."

Pro Football Weekly: No. 8, down two spots: "O-line not helping Flacco: sacked 13 times in last four games."

Don Banks, SI.com: No. 7, down five spots: "The Ravens desperately need their bye week to figure out a few things. Like why they're such a different team on the road compared to home, and how they stop the bleeding in terms of their horrible run defense. The good news for Baltimore is it still has a 1 1/2-game cushion in the AFC North. The bad news is there's still nine games to go this season, so you can't just kill the clock."

Yahoo.com: No.8, down three spots: "It's soul searching time for a Baltimore team that showed zero heart at Houston. The Ravens need the upcoming bye and badly. "

 

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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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