EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – The Ravens’ rushing attack was terrible Sunday, in a record-setting way. They had just six yards rushing – an all-time franchise low for one game.
But that’s how low the Ravens have sunk offensively.
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“They stuffed us and they’re pretty darn good with their run defense,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “Even in the third quarter we came out trying to run the ball and got nothing out of it. By the time the fourth quarter came around, you’re not going to keep pounding your head into a wall and keep running the ball there. You’re going to go at their weakness and we thought we had a chance to do some good things throwing the football.”
The Jets’ front seven was superb, and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (eight tackle) had a dominant game. Meanwhile, without left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) and right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), the Ravens’ offensive line could not create running lanes for running back Terrance West (eight carries, 10 yards) or anyone else.
The Ravens have a bye next Week 8, but there is no guarantee Stanley and Yanda will play Week 9 when the Ravens return to action against the Steelers. But regardless of their injuries, the Ravens (3-4) can’t expect to win setting franchise records for offensive futility.
"We’ll take a long hard look at ourselves this week as we have the bye, and we’ll be able to assess a lot of things,” said Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta. “We’re not in a good place. We just lost four straight. We still can win our division and we understand that. We have nine games left and a lot of football left to play. It’s never too late, but we have to put it together and put it together fast.”
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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