Will the Ravens host another Thanksgiving night game next season?
The Ravens have hosted two games on Thanksgiving night within the past five years, beating the 49ers, 16-6, in 2011, and edging the Steelers, 22-20, in 2013. Ravens coach John Harbaugh would love another Thanksgiving night game in Baltimore.
“If at any point in time the NFL and (Commissioner) Roger (Goodell) wants to make this a tradition, wouldn’t we all be for that in Baltimore?,” Harbaugh said back in 2013. “I think that would be pretty amazing. We love it and I know our fans do, too…It’s an honor to play on Thanksgiving.”
The Lions and Cowboys annually host the first two Thanksgiving games, with the night game featuring various teams. Speculation about next year's Thanksgiving slate has begun. The Redskins are already expected to be the Cowboys’ opponent on Thanksgiving, according to reports.
That leaves the night game as the Thanksgiving opening for the Ravens next season, if it happens. How about another Steelers-Ravens matchup on Thanksgiving night in Baltimore? That rivalry always draws national interest, and usually produces a close game. A Thanksgiving night game with top players like Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Steve Smith, Joe Flacco, and Terrell Suggs all healthy, among others, could be very entertaining.
We will learn the Ravens’ plans for Thanksgiving when the NFL releases its entire schedule sometime in late April. Most people want to have Thanksgiving night off. But Harbaugh won’t mind if the Ravens are working in Baltimore.
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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.”
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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