Congratulations go out to Vikings DE Jared Allen on reaching an incredible career milestone. With another 3.0-sack effort on Sunday (the 4th time he’s had 3+ sacks in a game), Allen reached and surpassed the 100.0-sack plateau; he now has 100.5 for his career.
Allen got to Lions QB Matthew Stafford 3 times, with each one coming in the 1st half. The Vikings tallied 4 sacks total in the 1st half, with DT Kevin Williams claiming the other sack, and for the game Stafford was tackled behind the line of scrimmage 5 times. Allen now leads the NFL with 17.5 sacks this season.
Since the Vikings acquired Allen via trade before the 2008 season, the fun-loving and fan-favorite DE has tallied season sack totals of 14.5, 14.5, 11.0 and now 17.5; he’s also had 3.0 sacks in the playoffs as a Viking. If Allen leads the Vikings in sacks this season, which he undoubtedly will, it will mark the first time since John Randle (1997-2000) that a player led the Vikings in sacks for 4 straight seasons. Allen is also the first Vikings defender in team history to notch 14.5 sacks or more in 3 separate seasons.
There are so many other superlatives to point out regarding Allen’s career with the Vikings, including the fact that only Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware (61.5) has more sacks in the NFL since Allen arrived in Minnesota (57.5) and the fact that no one – including Ware – has more sacks than Allen since he entered the NFL in 2004 (100.5). It’s also impressive to note that Allen tied the NFL record for safeties in a career with 4 earlier this season.
Anyway, we could on and on about Allen and his excellence on the field. But we’ll stop for now. Congratulations Jared! Keep it up.
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