How Good Was Jared Allen?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 6, 2009 – 2:16 pm

The simple answer to the question posed in the title of this blog entry is “Really good.” But let’s take a closer look at Allen’s performance last night against the Green Bay Packers.

Allen harassed Packers QB Aaron Rodgers literally all game, finishing the contest with 4.5 sacks that produced a loss of 19.5 yards. He also had 7 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 5 QB hits and a forced fumble. He was basically wearing Rodgers jersey, and terrorized the left side of Green Bay’s offensive line.

The 4.5-sack performance ranks as the 2nd best in Vikings history, behind only Randy Holloway’s 5.0-sack game against the Atlanta Falcons in 1984.

In addition to all of that, one of Allen’s sacks on the night came in the endzone, when he was able to bring Rodgers down for a safety with 7:25 to play in the game.

All of the numbers say that Allen had a dominant game, and anyone watching would certainly agree. I even heard one anchor on SportsCenter say it might have been one of the best defensive performances on Monday Night Football history. I certainly can’t remember all of the top defensive performances in MNF history, but Allen’s from last night was apparently good enough to warrant at least some consideration.

With all of that said, I thought Vikings QB Brett Favre said it best: “Jared Allen is a beast, man That guy is good by the way.”

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26 Responses to “How Good Was Jared Allen?”

  1. By Sam on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    He was a monster, but i’m not sure he was any better than against the 49ers, when he was also amazing, he was just going up against chumps this week!

    That Packers’ O-line has now given up 9.5 sacks to 2 guys alone in 2 games! And 5 of those came against a better version than the one Allen faced.

  2. By HANK on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply


  3. By southernminny on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    He was a stud–no two ways about it. Sya what you will about hurt players, or a cobbled together line–it may be true, but #69 was a force last night. He changed the game.


  4. By jared on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    he was matched up against rookies, thats expected of him

  5. By purplehorn on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    When Rodgers took his jersey off last night he found 69 tattooed on his back. I remember some smack getting talked about Allen last year in the season opener in GB. Anybody else remember? Rodgers ran away from him all game and the Packers double teamed Allen. No sacks and the tongues started to wag. Momma always told me to watch what I say.

  6. By Glen Lake Pride of Purple on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Jared Allen was “Baskin Robbins” bad. He brought 31 flavors of hurt.

  7. By moorevikes on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    awsome frackin game vikes! everyone #69, db’s, d line , o line great job, receivers, farve awesome game, kluwe you are the man if allen didn’t have 4.5 sacks you’d get my game ball, ad and run chester run hang in there you cant bust one for 85 every game you guys are still the best tandum in the league i am lovin this season so far go vikes cant wait till sunday

  8. By ifsogrl on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Jared Allen was awesome last night. The way he stayed on Rogers was great. The Pack got what they deserved.

  9. By craziness32 on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    go packers haha vikings blow

  10. By craziness32 on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    clay matthews rookie>adrain peterson
    55 yards wow best rb in the nfl wow

  11. By Brownicus on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    lol, craziness you know the packers would rather have AP than Ryan Grant any day of the week

  12. By craziness32 on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    vikings r guna get wrecked at lambeau though

  13. By craziness32 on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    we’ll get tauscher back and the oline will be fixed up after the bye, and favre is guna get sacked nxt time

  14. By Donnie D on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Had Their CHEESE and ATE IT TOO!! My Guess Is That On November 1st in MR. ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD it might not be so Wonderful for the Boys In GREEN. PURPLE PAIN WILL PREVAIL!!

  15. By PAVikesFan on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    All I can say is I love me some Jared Allen, in a manly way, ha. Seriously, though, we r so fortubate to have a guy of his caliber at his position. He’s a once in a generation type player. Plus, he’s absloutely frickin hilarious. He’s an absolute beast.

  16. By nancy nass on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    As a Wisconsinite who have been a Viking fan since forever I really enjoyed the monday night game, Allen was awsome and a joy to watch as he made a meatball out of Rogers. Farve was beyone fantastic also. Go Vikes all the way!

  17. By PAVikesFan on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    ‘Hank’ thank you, bud. This is something I have been saying as well. Our safeties aren’t helping us out at all. They are the weak link in our secondary. They don’t make any “plays”, if u know what I mean, at all. We had a guy in Sharper who was a playmaker, but supposedly “did not fit” into our system. Look what a great saftey can do. Just look at the difference in Pittsburgh’s D with and w/o Polamolu. Look at Ed Reed, a playmaker who can change the outcome of any game. I understand that guys like that come every so often, but, if our safeties don’t start making plays soon, and missing tackles, and blo-wing coverages, then they r going to make our D an average one at times. They need to step up

  18. By craziness32 on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    j allen needs to find a new sack dance that churning thing is old

  19. By MNfan1 on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    How frinkin picky can you be?? Who cares what type of dance Allen does after he has eaten the quarterback!! In my opinion he can do whatever dance he wants when he’s playing the way he is. Go Allen!

  20. By Wgal on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    To Craziness32: Jarad Allen’s sack dance is him emulating roping a calf from his rodeo days. After he sacks a player he’ll act like he’s roping a calf and then throw his hands up signifing, ‘stop the clock!” Jarad Allen’s a true cowboy/rodeo star from Idaho who is a joy to see on the field! His enthusiasm is intoxicating and the Vikings are so fortunate to have him!!!

  21. By IRAMOE on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Don’t forget the Great Game Ben Lieber had! He hit Rodgers so hard it hurt all the way out here in Oregon!

  22. By MissButterfly on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    I really enjoyed watching JA play Monday night – he’s a hoot!!

  23. By bleedpurp on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Craziness are you dumb? Talkin trash about AP really wow? And youre gonna sack favre next time? Yeah right he had all the time in the world. And Jared s churning? is gettin old? First its roping catlle and second the only reason u think its getting old is cuz he sacked Mr ROdgers 4.5 times and for the second game in a row vs the packers sacked him for a safety! You have got to be the only cheesehead i know thats still talking like the packers are the better team get a clue and pull your head out of your A$$. Y u on this site anyway the packers dont have one?

  24. By purple08 on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    i always thought it looked more like a jack in the box. winding it up and then “POW! here I am!”

  25. By Donnie D on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    I think the man craziness32 is just plain jealous.
    you guys really put him in his place!! The only thing better would be Jared Allen himself doing it!!! By the end of the season he’ll be spray painting his own Cheese-Head Purple. PURPLE PAIN will Reign.

  26. By nancy nass on Nov 1, 2009 | Reply

    It’s me again, the viking fan from Wisconsin. What a great game by Brett and the gang. Allen was fantastic again as usual. Please don’t judge all Wisconsin people by the way the Packer fans were today. The booing and nasty signs were in very poor taste. The best team won and Jared take us to the super bowl. You guys are the best!

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