Buck Allen did more watching than playing Sunday, taking a seat in coach John Harbaugh's doghouse. Allen fumbled for the second straight week, stripped by Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson in the first quarter. The loose ball was scooped up by cornerback Tyvon Branch, who ran 73 yards for a touchdown. That was it for Allen, who watched the next three quarters from the sideline.
Allen has run the ball well during his rookie season. But under Harbaugh, running backs that fumble usually pay a hefty price.
"You have to hold onto the football," Harbaugh said afterward.
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Would Allen's benching carry over into the Ravens' next game, when they host the Steelers?
"It probably won't carry over, but you play the best players," Harbaugh said. "At running back, the best players don't fumble. Fumbling, it is what it is. You have to hold onto the football. He knows that. I have a lot of love and respect for Buck. No way is Buck going to be banished, by any stretch. He has done a lot for us. He has a great future for us. But, you have to hold onto the football. That football belongs to everybody in the organization, every fan, everybody that cares about the Ravens, and it's a precious commodity. You don't win football games when you turn the ball over. If any team this year should understand that, it's the Baltimore Ravens."
Terrance West (35 yards) and Terrence Magee (five yards) played the remainder of the game at running back for the Ravens, while Allen sat.
Asked if he was surprised he didn't return, Allen said, "No, I'm not.
"It hurt to sit on the sideline to see your team out there playing. I've just got to put both hands on it, lock it up and keep it there."
Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk was benched by Harbaugh last season after fumbling twice.
"I know the feeling," Juszczyk said. "He's going to get another shot. he obviously didn't get it today, but he's a talented guy. He's shown he's reliable before. He'll take his punishment and he'll come back and I'm sure he'll do a great job."
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Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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