Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 15
The Vikings 2011 season has been underwhelming to this point, but DE Jared Allen continues to overwhelm opposing QBs. Allen added to his record-setting pace on Monday night by recording 1.0 sack against Aaron Rodgers and a tough Green Bay offensive line.
Allen now has 13.5 sacks for the season, which is tops in the NFL, and he has 96.5 career sacks, which is also tops in the NFL since he entered the League in 2004. He’s just 3.5 sacks away from #100 for his career, and he’s on pace to top the single-season sack mark (22.5) set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
Allen’s streak of games with at least a .5 sack is now at 11 games, which is a Vikings franchise record, and perhaps more impressive is that Allen has at least a .5 sack in 17 of his last 18 games. Only Hall of Famers Reggie White (124.0) and Derrick Thomas (98.0) have more sacks in the first eight seasons of a career than Allen; that’s pretty good company.
With just 3.5 sacks to go until 100.0, what once sounded like just a distant possibility has turned into a likely event – Allen could record his 100th career sack in 2011. He entered the season with 83.0 career sacks and needed a career-high 17.0 to get to 100.0. Now with 7 games remaining on the schedule, Allen is at 96.5 career sacks and maybe he even has his eyes on that single-season mark.
Up next for the Vikings is the Oakland Raiders, who’ve allowed the 2nd-fewest sacks (11) in the NFL next to Buffalo. Following their date with the Raiders, the Vikings play at Atlanta, vs. Denver, at Detroit, vs. New Orleans, at Washington and vs. Chicago. Of those 7 opponents, 3 are in the bottom half of the League in sacks allowed.
The QB he gets to for #100 isn’t as important as actually getting there. 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 (59.5) has more sacks than Allen’s 53.5.