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Rookie CB Allen Has Solid Debut

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2009 – 1:34 pm

I know we said the page was turned from last week’s loss in Pittsburgh to this week’s showdown in Green Bay, but there was one thing I forgot to point out after head coach Brad Childress’ press conference yesterday.

Considering the production Ravens QB Joe Flacco was able to find once CB Antoine Winfield left the game in Week 6, prevailing thought was Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger would have a field day against the Vikings secondary. But that wasn’t the case. Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and his staff devised a nice game plan and held Big Ben to just 175 yards passing.

A part of that effort was CB Asher Allen, who was drafted in the 3rd round by the Vikings this past April but hadn’t been active for a game until last Sunday at Heinz Field. Allen had a good day, both on defense and special teams.

“He had a nice play on special teams, pulling up a pretty quick guy to the outside edge,” Childress said on Monday. “It’s hard to watch every play, but I thought he stood out particularly in that special teams area and he did enough as a nickel and a corner that we’re good.”

Aside from his clutch tackle on special teams late in the game that may have prevented a TD, Allen also had a sack-strip of Roethlisberger in the 2nd half. All in all, it was a great debut game for Allen and an encouraging sign for the Vikings on the prospects of their 2009 3rd round draft choice.


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4 Responses to “Rookie CB Allen Has Solid Debut”

  1. By purplehorn on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    I thought the secondary played a great game against the Steelers. The only time they got beat all day was just before half and that was more because we didn’t blitz and played a soft zone. The real test will be against the Packers because they are familiar with the Vikings defense. Looking forward to another great game.

  2. By vikin9god on Oct 27, 2009 | Reply

    asher allen and are secondary played pretty good i wouldn’t say great ,but good reason why is steelers drove on us before the end of the first half like if we had the browns secondary. i know we were in prevent,but come on!!!!!. watch some of the saints games and for most of their games they have had big leads on teams and were in prevent and their secondary not only holds, but they make big plays especially are former player MR.SHARPER!!!are safeties are the weak link of are defense they constanly miss tackles and are out of position.madieu williams is soft he never makes big hits and can’t tackle.maybe the neck injury from last season that he had has made him soft ,but he’s awful.leslie frazier needs to help these safeties by changing up the scheme a bit or else when we get to the playoffs mr.brees is going to kill us.

  3. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 28, 2009 | Reply

    Here are some goals for the Vikings’ defense:

    - defend the rushing game well, allowing less than 100 yards

    - the secondary gets an interception

    - Madieum Williams and Tyrell Johnson each get 4 tackles and 1 pass defensed

    - the defense should do a better job of stopping explosive plays

    - the pass rush should contain Rodgers, and then collapse the pocket.

    - the linebacking unit gets 1 sack and 1 pass defensed

    - The Vikings play great team defense.

    Go Vikings!

  4. By Brownicus on Oct 28, 2009 | Reply

    Madieu Williams had some big plays for us last year, but I have noticed he missed some plays and tackles this season. Judging safeties isn’t an easy task, because sometimes if they aren’t making plays that means they are covering their guys and in reality doing a good job.
    Tyrell Johnson is still learning, he’s missed some plays, but I have seen him make a few good plays. He still has a lot of potential and could turn into a good safety in time.
    I didn’t catch too much of Allen in the game, I did see the fumble he caused though. I’ve only heard good things about his performance on Sunday. The defense did a pretty good job against Rothlesberger, hopefully they can continue this trend, and hopefully get back that dominate run defense we’ve been so used to.

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