Through 5 games this year it looked like Jared Allen would not make the Pro Bowl for the first time as Vikings and for the first time since 2007. At that point, he had just 1.0 sack and his impact plays were limited.
Now, with 4 games to play in the regular season, Allen has regained his form and is coming off another game in which he’s given people a reason to vote him in – he’s definitely getting my vote. Against Buffalo on Sunday, Allen registered another sack to go along with 5 tackles – 3 of which came for a loss – and a forced fumble. Allen was involved in several other QB pressures that led to sacks for teammates and mistakes by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Allen now has a sack in 5 straight games, including 2.5 sacks against Arizona and 2.0 sacks against Chicago in Weeks 9 and 10 and he led all NFL defenders with 6.5 sacks in November. You also have to consider some of the intangibles Allen brings to the defense, such as forcing opposing teams to scheme for him and pressuring QBs into bad decisions and bad throws.
Halfway through the season there wasn’t much of a case to be made for Allen going to the Pro Bowl, but over the last 2 months there’s plenty of evidence to suggest Allen is worthy of a Pro Bowl vote. No one had more sacks in November and Allen is off to a great start in December after playing one of his better games of the season.
Fan voting for the Pro Bowl is open and you can click here to cast your ballot.
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