I posed the question contained in the title to this blog entry last week, and I think we should revisit the issue this week following Jared Allen’s 2.0-sack effort on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Allen now has at least a .5 sack in 13 of his last 14 games, including 7 straight contests, and he’s at 8.5 sacks for the season; the franchise record is 8 (held by Jim Marshall and Carl Eller).
Since the Vikings acquired Allen in 2008, he’s come through in a huge way, registering 48.5 regular season sacks in 3+ seasons. In total, Allen has recorded 91.5 career sacks in the regular season. When you add in his postseason sacks, Allen is at 94.5 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 8.5 sacks away from 100.0 for his career, but technically he’s 5.5 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 this is the best pace he’s been on in his entire NFL career.
Going back to the question…can Allen get his 100th career sack this season? He’s officially 8.5 away, with 11 games to go. Keep in mind the Vikings still have 5 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.
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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