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5 numbers that tell the story of Ravens season

5 numbers that tell the story of Ravens season

The most telling number of the Ravens 2016 season is probably 8 -- as in eight wins, which simply aren't enough, and eight losses, which simply are too many for a team aspiring to make the playoffs.

As linebacker Zach Orr said while cleaning out his locker on Monday, "We finished 8-8. No matter how you look at it, with the highs and the lows, we’re an average football team right now."

Here are five other numbers that help tell the story of the Ravens season:

31 -- The total number of sacks by the Ravens, the team's lowest total since 2010 and the third-lowest total in franchise history.

Terrell Suggs, playing with a biceps injury much of the year, led the way with eight sacks. But Elvis Dumervil missed eight games and finished with three, and disappointing Za'Darius Smith had just one. Rookie Matt Judon finished with four sacks, but second-round pick Kamalei Correa was no factor as a pass rusher.

Timmy Jernigan finished second on the team with five sacks, though he had three in the first three games and had little impact over the final month of the season.

Quite simply, the Ravens pass rush was a nonfactor way too often.

83.5 -- Joe Flacco's final quarterback rating, which ranked 24th among regular starting quarterbacks.

Flacco threw for a franchise-record 4,317 yards, but that is misleading; he threw 672 passes -- the second-most in the league and also a franchise record. His average of 6.42 yards per attempt was the second-lowest of his career and illustrated the dink-and-dunk, checkdown nature of the Ravens offense.

Whether the knee injury was a factor, Flacco's mechanics were off all season. His accuracy suffered and his decision-making was questionable. He finished with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

In short, he wasn't nearly good enough.

141 -  Points by kicker Justin Tucker,  a franchise record. That speaks both to Tucker's remarkable season and to the Ravens' repeated inability to score touchdowns.

Tucker was exceptional. He finished 38-for-39 on field goals -- his 38 field goals led the league -- and the only miss was blocked. Tucker tied an NFL record by making 10 field goals from 50 yards or longer. (He was a perfect 10-for-10, in fact.)

But as tight end Dennis Pitta said, the Ravens made Tucker look too good. The offense frequently stalled in the red zone, settling for three points instead of seven. Two clues: They ranked 24th in third-down conversion percentage and 20th in the red zone.

367 -  Carries by the Ravens, the lowest total in franchise history. Despite repeated assurances from coach John Harbaugh that the Ravens wanted to run the ball -- the lack of running helped cost Marc Trestman his job as offensive coordinator -- the Ravens simply refused to do it.

After the season, Harbaugh insisted offensive coordinator Marty Mornhingweg "believes in running the football." But there was little evidence of that. That's a shame, because both Terrance West (193 carries, 774 yards) and especially rookie Kenneth Dixon (88-382) showed plenty of promise.

1,111-- Penalty yards piled up by the Ravens, the third-highest total in franchise history. Their total of 125 penalties ranks tied for third in team history.

Time and again, drives stalled because penalties left the Ravens in second or third-and-long situations and they lacked the offensive firepower or ability to overcome that.

To be sure, penalties hurt on special teams and defense as well; rookie cornerback Tavon Young had a strong rookie season but finished with a team-high nine penalties, including four in the last three games.

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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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