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Prediction and preview for Ravens (3-2) at Giants (2-3)

Prediction and preview for Ravens (3-2) at Giants (2-3)

What: Ravens (3-2) at Giants (2-3)

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N. J.

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.


Ravens: LB Elvis Dumervil is OUT; returner Devin Hester, ILB C. J. Mosley, WR Steve Smith Sr., LT Ronnie Stanley, RG Marshal Yanda are DOUBTFUL; S Kendrick Lewis, LB Albert McClellan, WR Mike Wallace, OT Rick Wagner, CB Shareece Wright are QUESTIONABLE.

Giants: S Nat Berhe, OT Marshall Newhouse, S Darian Thompson are OUT; CB Eli Apple, WR Dwayne Harris, RB Rashad Jennings, LB Devon Kennard, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are QUESTIONABLE.


The storyline:

The Ravens have lost two straight, while the Giants have lost three straight. Which of these slumping teams will get its act together? Here are five questions to ask:1.

1. What will “Marty Ball” look like?

Marty Mornhinweg will make his debut as Ravens offensive coordinator, after Marc Trestman was fired. Everything Mornhinweg wants to change won’t happen his first week on the job. However, the Ravens have talked all season about being more committed to the running game, and throwing more downfield passes. That’s good news for running back Terrance West, who should’ve gotten more than 11 carries in Week 5, when he gained 95 yards. That also means wide receiver Breshad Perriman and Wallace must make the most of opportunities when one of Joe Flacco’s passes come their way.

2. Who wins this battle – Ravens banged up offensive line vs. Giants awful pass rush?

With Stanley (foot) and Yanda (shoulder) not expected to play, that could mean pain for Flacco. However, the Giants are last in the NFL with just four sacks. If there was ever a game the Ravens could get away with not having Yanda and Stanley, this could be it.

3. Will any of the Ravens’ wide receivers pick up the slack for Smith?

Smith leads the Ravens in receiving yards (310), but his ankle injury makes him doubtful. Those looking for wide receiver Kamar Aiken (six catches) to become more involved after catching 75 passes last season may get their wish.

4. Have the Ravens fixed their special teams issues?

Jamison Crowder of the Redskins became the latest player to burn the Ravens’ coverage unit with an 85-yard punt return touchdown in Week 5. The Ravens aren’t playing well enough to overcome allowing big plays on special teams. They need to eliminate another breakdown in coverage against the Giants.

5. Will Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. finally have a breakout game?

Beckham only has one 100-yard game this season. He had eight 100-yard games in 2015, including a streak of six straight. Beckham’s temper has gotten him more attention than his talent this season. But sooner or later, he figures to get going. The Ravens need to make sure that doesn’t happen Sunday.

Prediction: Giants 24, Ravens 20

I think the switch from Trestman to Mornhinweg will eventually be good for the Ravens. But I don’t see the Ravens winning on the road with so many key players missing.   

RELATED: Ravens likely without multiple key players Sunday

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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.


“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.