Allen’s 2010 Pro Bowl Credentials Continue To Grow

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 6, 2010 – 11:15 am

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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22 Responses to “Allen’s 2010 Pro Bowl Credentials Continue To Grow”

  1. By lisa on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I voted for you Allen!! Good game on Sunday, now finish out the season with at least one sack per game.

  2. By Justin on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    It’s rather unfortunate it took this long for J.A to find his rhythm, but I guess better late than never.

  3. By Robins on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Jared I voted for you. I am glad that you are back. I thought getting your hair cut and getting married took away the animal in you. I am so glad the team is playing so well again. It tells us that if the team doesn’t like and respect their coach, it makes a big difference. Win the rest of them! Sack them!

  4. By Rocksalt on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I agree, Justin. It is also important to note that he was virtually shut down against the better teams Saints, Jets, Dolphins,Patriots, Packers…….

  5. By Joe Webb Fan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Webb is as fast as Percy Harvin, big as Sidney Rice, and had Brett Favres arm strengs, i want to see this guy start

  6. By Joe Webb Fan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Webb is as fast as Percy Harvin, big as Sidney Rice, and has Brett Favres arm strength, i want to see this guy start

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Break all remaining qbs Jared.

  8. By Justin on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s hoping that J.A will find a way to shut down Cutler, Manning, and Vick during the last part of December.

  9. By xvike on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Jared Allen should definitely make it to the pro bowl. I checked the stats for sacks and the top 5 or so are all line backers. I think jared allen is tied with the most sacks for a DE or like half a sack behind. If he keeps it up, theres no doubt he should b in the pro bowl.

  10. By mr smiff on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply


  11. By Pat on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I feel like busting out the SNL skit. Really? Jared Allen for Pro Bowl? Really, Really?

    When the games counted against good teams he did nothing, and I mean nothing. There are 4 D-Ends better than him in the North. Vanderbosch from Detroit, Peppers from Chicago and Cullen Jenkins from Green Bay. You want me to go through the East…

  12. By Rocksalt on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    You are correct.

  13. By paul on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Just like last year this guy got his sacks aganist the door mat teams or teams with injurys on there o-line.
    See how he matches up aganist play-off caliber teams.

  14. By Rocksalt on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    You are also correct, paul

  15. By VikingsDx3 on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    You can’t send Jared Allen to the Pro Bowl without the Williams and Ray Edwards. There’s a difference between making a play, and helping a play. Sorry J.

  16. By martin on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    give me a break…allen disappears vs good teams…he pats his stat vs bad teams or when the team he plays is depleted and has 2nd and 3rd stringers starting …he has basically been invisible when we needed him…

  17. By martin on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    mike i know you work for the vikings but stating that he gets your vote based on his performance so far is a joke…he was manhandled by good teams week after week…the bills are a bad team and have o/l injuries…arizona another bad team…giants had 9-10 sacks vs the bears…somehow i yhink he would be invisible vs the steelers,ravens…just like he was vs the patriots,packers,jets…

  18. By Alex on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Alright. the team did a good job. We play the Giants come into the dome this week. Eli Manning has thrown alot of interceptions this season so we know we can make them turn the ball over. we need to establish the running game a little better. If Favre plays he cant be stupid with the ball. The offensive line needs to protect the QB, and the wideouts you guys need to play better. Sidney Rice cant do it all himself. If we get Percy Harvin back we will be a little bit better in the wideout spot. The Defensive line needs to sack Eli and cause him to turn the ball over. And our DBs need to pick the ball off, and tackle the the player that has the ball. We need to pressure Manning. That is the key to winning this game against the Giants. And plus history is on our side. For the 4 years we have beaten the Giants, lets make it 5 years. GOOOOOOOOOOOOO VIKINGS.

  19. By Woodboat on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    A question for you guys… what did Jared Allen play with last year that he didn’thave this year? Besides a mullet, I mean. Oh, thats right, he played with a LEAD. His job includes setting the edge on running plays, which of course you see more of when you are behind. It’s pretty easy for a quality left OT to block him when they know he’s gotta protect the outside.

    When he played with the lead this year, he did well. We fans should look at the whole picture before heaping on the praise or the blame on these guys.

  20. By Woodboat on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Alex, you should be a coach. I think that you have discovered the keys to winning every game in the league :)

  21. By Stoney on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    I love Jared, but when it counted he was nowhere to be found. Really doesn’t matter what he does now.

  22. By Scott on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Jared is from outer space.

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