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What's next for Bengals after latest heartbreak?

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What's next for Bengals after latest heartbreak?

What’s next for the Bengals, after imploding during the final minutes of Saturday night’s loss to the Steelers?

More people are asking if Marvin Lewis is still the right head coach for the Bengals, after losing in the first-round of the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Consider that Lewis’ career playoff record is 0-7. Consider Lewis has been the Bengals’ head coach for 13 years, during an age when the shelf life for head coaches is trending shorter, not longer.

The Bengals seemingly had Saturday night’s game in hand, leading 16-15, after linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s interception with less than two minutes to play.

But then the Bengals self-destructed. Running back Jeremy Hill fumbled and the Steelers recovered. Burfict took a senseless personal foul penalty with a vicious hit on wide receiver Antonio Brown, then cornerback Adam Jones followed by taking a senseless penalty, arguing about the call on Burfict. The 30 yards in penalties propelled the Steelers into range for an easy game- winning field goal.

So will Bengals owner Mike Brown give Lewis another chance, after taking another punch in the stomach? Remember, the Bengals already seem likely to lose offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who is a candidate for the vacant head coaching jobs with the 49ers and the Browns.

The Bengals probably have the most talented roster in the AFC North, and one of the most talented in the NFL. Yet, if they can’t win in the playoffs, something in their DNA needs to change.

Two head coaches in the AFC North have led their teams to Super Bowl victories -- Mike Tomlin of the Steelers and John Harbaugh of the Ravens. Lewis is still trying to get there as a head coach. After Saturday night, it will be interesting to see if he gets another chance.

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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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