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Rookie DBs Contribute To Vikings Win

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 22, 2009 – 8:06 pm

During last April’s draft the Vikings used 2 of their 5 picks on DBs, selecting CB Asher Allen in the 3rd round and S Jamarca Sanford in the 7th round.

During Sunday’s 35-9 victory over Seattle at Mall of America Field, the Vikings saw both Allen and Sanford contribute to the winning effort.

Allen recorded 1 tackle and 1 pass defensed, but also snared his 1st career INT in the 4th quarter when he made an athletic play to catch one of Matt Hasselbeck’s passes before it hit the turf. Sanford met Seahawks kick returner Ben Obomanu in the 2nd quarter and forced him to fumble the ball, allowing Heath Farwell to cover it up.

Allen has been a vital part of a trio of players (Allen, Karl Paymah and Benny Sapp) who’ve stepped up their performances in the stead of CB Antoine Winfield, who has been out since the 1st half of Week 6 with a foot injury. Sanford has been a core member of the Vikings kick coverage units all season and his production is far above what a team normally receives from a 7th round pick.

[Note: The official play-by-play report on NFL.com credits the forced fumble to Eric Frampton. Upon my review of the play, it appears Sanford is the one who actually forced it.]


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8 Responses to “Rookie DBs Contribute To Vikings Win”

  1. By PAVikesFan on Nov 22, 2009 | Reply

    Very pleased with Asher Allen’s play, he has more than done his duty filling in…Also very pleased with all our guys in our secondary, even though Hasselbeck’s stats were decent, a high completion %, decent amount of yards, but they threw about 80% of their plays…We still need Antoine back, I hope he can make it back soon, it will be a big boost to a unit that is already juiced…I’ll tell ya one thing, I HA TE the Bears, and their fans, let’s officially end their season and demoralize them and their fan base, I hope we anhilate them

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    I have no question in my mind that Antoine will be returning to help us remove the Bears from the equation this week. Had this been a game that mattered more, I believe Winfield would have insisted on playing this week. Still, the other CBs have done a great job of keeping the defense at the top of the league. Were it not for us sending the practice sqaud out there in the 4th quarter we would have only given up 3 points all day long. So tell Cutler to find himself a good chiropractic, because he is going to be smashing to his back all day long come Sunday.

  3. By Radzinwisconsin on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    Orlando Pace good luck with this pressure

  4. By optimisticskeptic on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    Speaking of secondary, injuries, and young replacement talent…is Madeau Williams injured this year, or is he just that slow (for a safety…all due respect)? I know he contributes a lot, but doesn’t seem to have the speed to come over the top or even take an angle to help w/down field tackles. Am I the only one who thinks this? Am I being too critical?

  5. By Canadian Viking on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    He’s no Darren Sharper thats for sure, could you imagine if they could have re-signed Sharper.

  6. By RHolan on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    Interesting mock draft for 2010 lists the Vikings taking a Free Safety early as they feel M. Williams is not doing a good job for the Vikings. He is making big dollars, but not playing at the high level the team expected when they signed him.

  7. By moorevikes on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    right on PA i hate um more (fans) than any other teams.seamed like last year they were all over our site talkin ____ don’t really hear much out of them this year though. i haven’t been in a fight since high school (15 years) but i swear man the bar i go to to watch the game (when not televised) theres a bear fan that’s always talkin about the vikes (not much this year) but last year i was so close to _____ slapping him his main thing was AP stands for always prone to fumble. i wonder how many people get their butts kicked each year over their favorite team?

  8. By Alvike on Nov 23, 2009 | Reply

    I think Asher has played exceptionally well in his limited playing time. With our two base defense corners set, I wonder if we could move Asher to safety. He continually makes plays, and tackles well. Two things that are safeties are struggling with. The Bills moved a CB, Jarius Byrd, to safety, and look how well that’s working for them.

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