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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