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Will Ravens figure out how to beat Bengals in 2015?

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Will Ravens figure out how to beat Bengals in 2015?

Here are two items on the Ravens’ to-do list for next season.

Win the AFC North.  Figure out how to beat the Bengals.

The Ravens have lost three straight to the Bengals, dating back to the 2013 season finale. That loss cost the Ravens a playoff berth in 2013. And their two losses to Cincinnati in 2014 kept the Ravens from winning the AFC North.

Despite their struggles to win a playoff game, the Bengals have had their way lately with the Ravens. Here are three reasons why:

1. Joe Flacco has struggled against the Bengals.

Flacco had two of his poorest games last season against Cincinnati. In the season-opener at M & T Bank Stadium, Flacco threw a season-high 62 passes, but completed just 35 with one touchdown, one interception, and a quarterback rating of 71.0. In Week 8 at Cincinnati, Flacco was even worse - 17 for 34, 195 yards, two interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 43.1.

2. Bengals receivers have made big plays against Baltimore’s secondary.

Usually, it has been A. J. Green, who made a 77-yard game-winning touchdown catch against Baltimore in Week 1. But in Week 8, Mohamed Sanu (five catches, 125 yards) also torched the Ravens.

3. The Ravens’ pass rush has been inept against the Bengals

In their last three games against the Bengals, the Ravens have only sacked Dalton once. Dalton can be pressured into mistakes. But given time, Dalton can give you headaches.

Next season, the Ravens play their home opener against the Bengals in Week 3, and close the regular season at Cincinnati in Week 17. How the Ravens fare in those two games will be critical in the AFC North race. The Steelers remain the Ravens’ biggest rival. But lately, the Bengals have been a bigger problem.

 

 

 

 

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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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