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Ravens likely to need strong Sept. to make playoffs

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Ravens likely to need strong Sept. to make playoffs

Looking at the Ravens’ 2016 schedule, they will likely need another strong September to make the playoffs.

During John Harbaugh’s eight-year tenure as head coach, the Ravens have made the playoffs six times. In all six playoff seasons, the Ravens have enjoyed a winning September. When the Ravens missed the playoffs in 2013 and 2015 under Harbaugh, they had a non-winning September.

2008 - 2-1 in September, made playoffs

2009 – 3-0 in September, made playoffs

2010 – 2-1 in September, made playoffs

2011 – 2-1 in September, made playoffs

2012 – 3-1 in September, made playoffs, won Super Bowl

2013 – 2-2 in September, missed playoffs

2014 – 3-1 in September, made playoffs

2015 – 0-3 in September, missed playoffs

On paper, the Ravens’ upcoming September schedule looks favorable, with three games against teams that missed the playoffs in 2015. They open at home against the Bills (8-8), followed by road games against the Browns (3-13) and Jaguars (5-11).

So if history holds form, you will have a strong indication of the Ravens’ playoff chances by the time they host the Raiders in Week 4 on Oct. 2. If the Ravens start 3-0 or 2-1, bet on them making the playoffs. If they start 1-2 or 0-3, their playoff chances won’t look good, especially since they have road games against the Patriots, Steelers, and Bengals in December.

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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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