When we first started discussing Jared Allen’s chances of recording his 100th career sack during the 2011 season, I was thinking it’d be exciting to see it happen in Week 17 against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. But with the tear Allen is on now (since Week 9 of 2010, actually), he’s on pace to get his 100th sack by Thanksgiving weekend when the Vikings travel to Atlanta for a contest against Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Of course it would be a run of historic proportions if Allen gets there by Week 12, but the point remains Allen’s incredible run of QB sacks this season has him on pace to reach the century mark at some point over the next 9 games.
On Sunday Allen sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers twice, giving him 12 sacks against Green Bay for his career – the most he’s had against any team – and also giving him a new Vikings franchise record for consecutive games with at least a .5 sack. Allen’s streak is now at 9 games, and he’s passed the previous record set by Jim Marshall in 1969 and matched by Carl Eller in 1975-76. Perhaps more impressive, dating back to last season Allen now has at least a .5 sack in 15 of his last 16 games.
Allen now has 11.5 sacks for the season, which is tops in the NFL, and he has 94.5 career sacks, which is also tops in the NFL since he entered the League in 2004. Allen now ranks 3rd all-time for sacks in the first eight seasons, with only a pair of Hall of Famers in Reggie White (124.0) and Derrick Thomas (98.0) having recorded more in their first eight seasons.
With just 5.5 sacks to go until 100.0, the countdown is getting closer and closer. The Vikings play at Carolina this Sunday, then they go into their bye week. Coming out of the bye, the Vikings play at Green Bay, vs. Oakland, at Atlanta, vs. Denver, at Detroit, vs. New Orleans, at Washington and vs. Chicago. No matter how you slice it, if Allen gets to 100.0 sacks this season it will likely come against a fairly high-profile passer.
The QB he gets to for #100 isn’t as important as actually getting there, whether it happens in 2011 or at a later time. The bottom line is Allen has been a tremendously important part of this defense, and great part of the Vikings identity since 2008. In fact, since 2008 (when the Vikings acquired Allen via trade) only DeMarcus Ware (52.5) has more sacks than Allen’s 51.5.
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