Through the first 7 games of the 2010 season, it looked like Vikings DE Jared Allen was at least a couple seasons away from reaching the impressive career milestone of 100.0 sacks. After consecutive seasons of 14.5 sacks in 2008 and 2009 to give him 72.0 for his career, Allen had just 1.0 midway through the 2010 campaign.
But then Allen went on a complete rampage. And he’s still going. Allen registered at least a .5 sack in 8 of the last 9 games of 2010, and he’s done the same in all 4 games of the 2011 season. His streak of games with at least a .5 sacks is at 6 now, and the franchise record is 8 (held by Jim Marshall and Carl Eller).
Allen began his career in Kansas City, spending 4 seasons there and accumulating 43.0 sacks. Then the Vikings acquired him via trade, and he’s come through in a huge way by tallying 46.5 regular season sacks in 3+ seasons, including 6.5 this season. So in total, Allen has recorded 89.5 career sacks in the regular season. When you add in his postseason sacks, Allen is at 92.5 for his career.
When Allen is recognized for recording his 100th career sack, it’ll be for his 100.0 career regular season sacks. Why they don’t include postseason sacks is a little confusing, but they don’t. That means Allen is officially 10.5 sacks away from 100.0 for his career, but technically he’s 7.5 away from 100.0 (if you include his 3.0 postseason sacks).
If Allen gets his 100th career (regular season) sack in 2011, it’ll be his 17th sack of the season, which would be a career high. But it’s not out of the question that Allen could record his career high in sacks this season, especially when you consider that’s he had 4.5 sacks through the first 4 games of the season just one other time in his career (2009).
Going back to the question…can Allen get his 100th career sack this season? He’s officially 10.5 away, with 12 games to go. Keep in mind the Vikings have 6 home games remaining, he’s on the best early-season pace of his career and he had the best training camp of any Vikings player. Also, I’ll throw in another factor: Allen has 5.5 sacks against Arizona in his career, which the most he has against any non-NFC North team.
What do you think Vikings fans? Will Allen get to 100 this year? I think he will, and I think it’ll come in the final week of the regular season against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears.
Let us know what you think by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry…
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