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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