Allen finished with one yard on one carry and hauled in all three of his targets for 18 yards Sunday in the Ravens' 21-0 win over the Titans. He played 28 of the team's 75 offensive snaps (37 percent). Allen is the Ravens' top pass-catching back and is averaging a career-worst 2.8 yards per carry this season, so it wasn't too surprising that he was largely phased out of the game script with Baltimore racing out to an early lead and turning in its most dominant defensive performance of the season. With the Ravens leaning heavily on the ground game to run out the clock in their resounding victory, Alex Collins (19 totes for 54 yards and two touchdowns) and third-stringer Gus Edwards (10 carries for 42 yards) both out-touched Allen by a wide margin. Despite the lack of usage Sunday, Allen could easily emerge as the favored backfield option Week 7 while opposing an explosive Saints offense that will likely give the Baltimore defense one of its toughest tests to date.
Allen rushed eight times for 34 yards and caught six of eight targets for 44 yards, but he lost a fumble in Sunday's 12-9 overtime loss to Cleveland. Fellow Ravens running back Alex Collins has been taking heat for fumbling issues recently, but it was Allen's turn to cough up the ball this time. While Allen finished with 14 touches to Collins' 13, Collins had 12 carries to Allen's eight. This split reflected their usage all season, so a similar workload can be expected against the Titans in Week 6.
Allen had 10 carries for 30 yards and added two catches for 17 yards Sunday against the Steelers. It was Allen's second-lowest snap count of the season and yet Allen saw his heaviest rushing workload of the year. He saw plenty of work after Alex Collins' costly goal-line fumble, but Allen's passing game work was scaled down a bit as well. Allen reliably plays roughly half of Baltimore's offensive snaps on a given week and that role stands to continue Sunday in Cleveland.
Allen had six carries for just seven yards but had a rushing touchdown to go with three catches for 19 yards and another touchdown Sunday against the Broncos. Once again, the efficiency was lacking but the opportunity -- particularly in the red zone -- was there for Allen. He has a rushing touchdown in every game this season and has seen no less than nine touches in any game. Still, he's averaging a poor 2.0 yards per carry -- a number inflated by his 4.3 YPC mark from Week 1. Allen remains a touchdown-dependent asset that has some utility in deeper PPR formats, but Alex Collins will keep his rushing opportunities to a minimum.
Allen had six carries for eight yards and a touchdown Thursday against the Bengals and added five grabs for 36 yards on seven targets. Game flow dictated Baltimore to go to the air after falling behind by 21 points early in the second quarter. That allowed Allen to see more playing time than usual, as he had an even snap split (42) with starter Alex Collins. Allen has actually played more snaps than Collins to this point in the season, but the game flow in both games has been abnormal with Baltimore opening a 40-point lead in the opener and having to play catch-up Week 2. In closer games where Baltimore isn't forced to abandon the run, Allen figures to see his role reduced.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||4||12.40|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||32||27.67|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||21.20|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||15.67|
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|3 Year Avg||100||380||2||31||206||1||74|