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Where are all those INTs Ravens talked about?

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Where are all those INTs Ravens talked about?

All through training camp, the Ravens stressed that interceptions would be a point of emphasis this season. This coming off a 2014 season in which the Ravens tied a franchise-low with 11 picks, and no defensive back recorded more than one.

But six games into this season, the Ravens have just three interceptions -- none in the past three games -- which puts them on pace for eight all season. Only the Cowboys (2) have fewer interceptions than the Ravens, who are one of six teams with three picks.

The Ravens also have recovered just one opponent fumble this season, which is why they rank tied for 27th in turnover margin at minus-5. When the Ravens have generated turnovers, they've turned them into big plays; two of their four turnovers this year have been returned for touchdowns -- an interception by Jimmy Smith at Denver and a fumble recovery by C.J. Mosley against the Bengals.

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If the Ravens are to go into Arizona and upset the Cardinals tonight, they probably need to come up with an interception or two. Through six games, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown five interceptions. But the Ravens might be without some key players in the secondary.

Starting safety Kendrick Lewis (knee) is questionable, and backup Terrence Brooks (thumb) has been ruled out. Brynden Trawick could get his first career start opposite Will Hill at the back of the Ravens defense. Cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh) is also questionable, meaning Kyle Arrington could start.

The Ravens defense has been on the field far too long at times this season. The best way to get off the field would be taking the ball away. The Ravens preached the importance of doing that all summer, but so far it hasn't happened nearly often enough.

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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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