In the aftermath of the Ravens’ 20-13 win against the Houston Texans Sunday, Andre Gurode had a nickname suggestion for Ben Grubbs: “Allstate.”
For a company that once ran with the slogan “You’re in good hands with Allstate,” the nickname was quite appropriate for Grubbs, whose alertness helped the offense overcome a potential disaster in the AFC divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium.
The starting left guard recovered two fumbles by teammates, jumping on a loose ball caused when Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed sacked and stripped quarterback Joe Flacco in the second quarter. Grubbs also collected a fumble coughed up by running back Ray Rice in the third.
“They were just there,” Grubbs said. “I should’ve scooped and scored on that second one. I’m serious. I don’t know, but we may be the only offense that works on recovering fumbles. We work on it. It pays off. They were two big fumble recoveries. So I’m just glad to be in the right spot at the right time.”
Grubbs, who said he had never recovered two fumbles in a single game before, said the fumble drills the offensive linemen conducted every day during training camp and the first part of the regular season paid off.
“When it comes to the fumbles, who’s around the ball? O-linemen and D-linemen,” Grubbs said. “That’s the same for interceptions as well. Offensive linemen usually make the tackles, and offensive linemen usually make the fumble recoveries.”