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The Vikings need last year's Jared Allen to show up in Green Bay

J. Allen1.jpgWhile Brett Favre and the Vikings passing attack has taken most of the heat for the Minnesota’s mediocre start, the decline of the team’s pass rush and defensive line has been nearly as responsible.

Jared Allen has one sack in five games.  The team has six sacks total, which ranks in a tie for 30th in the NFL.  While sacks are a highly imperfect stat, Allen also hasn’t consistently pressured the passer despite avoiding double teams much of the year.

I was at the season opener and watched Allen face off against Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod the whole game through my handy binoculars.  Allen wasn’t much of a factor, and things haven’t improved from there. 

A pair of articles on Friday try to explain what’s happened.  One uses metrics to say that Allen, to this point, has been the single worst 4-3 defensive end in football this season.  That seems like a stretch, but they are relying on tape analysis and numbers of pressures and hits; not just sacks.  Allen hasn’t created pressure or helped in run defense.

The opinion isn’t theirs alone.  The guys at NFL Films’ Matchup Show also said last week film analysis
revealed the Vikings defensive line simply wasn’t performing close to
the same level as a year ago.  That’s not all Allen; perhaps the Williams
Wall is slowly declining.  Like most things in football, it’s not a
simple answer.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that Allen is coming off perhaps his best game of the year against Dallas.  The Vikings pressured Tony Romo quite a bit; Allen was credited with five hurries and one led directly to an interception.

We’ll find out this week if the Dallas game represented a turning point for the Vikings pass rush.  Allen recorded 7.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a safety in two games against the Packers last year.  Chad Clifton is playing this time, but the Packers tackles have been vulnerable this season.

Sunday’s game will be billed as Favre vs. Rodgers, but we know who has the edge there if all things are equal.  Allen and company need to make sure things aren’t equal.

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52 Responses to “The Vikings need last year's Jared Allen to show up in Green Bay”
  1. Magnus the 1st says: Oct 22, 2010 9:48 AM

    Maybe that’s why he was so “good” last year. The Packers O-line was like a turn style and gave him the appearance of being an elite pass rusher when he’s only average. Not to say he’s bad, but the guy’s definitely overrated.

  2. MuskyHunter2542 says: Oct 22, 2010 9:49 AM

    Bla Bla Bla!!!

  3. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Oct 22, 2010 9:53 AM

    He hasn’t been the same since he cut his hair.. he needs to grow that mullet back!

  4. Charles Wood says: Oct 22, 2010 9:55 AM

    GB 31
    MN 13

  5. MrHumble says: Oct 22, 2010 9:56 AM

    If J. Allen gets a handful of sacks against the Packers, how would you determine if the “Jared Allen from last year” showed up or the “Packers offensive line” from last year (and this year) showed up????? just sayin’

  6. gregjennings says: Oct 22, 2010 9:56 AM

    This post is solely intended to stir up Viking and Packers fans. Well, I’m not biting.
    The loser of this game is in BIG trouble.

  7. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Oct 22, 2010 9:57 AM

    Rodgers > Favre

  8. WTBucs says: Oct 22, 2010 10:03 AM

    The Vikings need last year’s Brett Favre to show up this year….

  9. Gravy May Expand Sconnies says: Oct 22, 2010 10:04 AM

    the pckers defense is ranked 21st in total yards. their fans rank 1st in total gravy consumption and overall plumpness

  10. ClayMath52 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:04 AM

    What does a Viking fan do after the Vikings win the Super Bowl…..?
    Turns off the Playstation.

  11. CarlGerbschmidt says: Oct 22, 2010 10:07 AM

    I got my Jared Allen costume for Halloween but I don’t have anywhere to put my candy because it came without a sack.
    So, I exchanged it for a Vikings offensive line costume but I still don’t have anywhere to put my candy because it’s full of holes.

  12. backdapack10 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:10 AM

    the Mullet beat a guard in Colledge that inexplicably was moved over due to injury and Barbre, who is no longer in the NFL.
    Cliffy has handled the best DE’s in the league for years, so he will have no problem with the Mullet
    he is what we thought he was……A FRAUD!
    Go Pack!!!!

  13. pkrjones says: Oct 22, 2010 10:13 AM

    Fortunately for the Vikings Mike McCarthy is still calling plays for the Packers. Allen can look forward to no run responsibilities, as McCarthy will call 8 running plays in the 1st half and 2 in the 2nd. MM will dial-in multiple 7 step drop passes and Allen and Edwards will have 5+ seconds to run double move stunts and still have time to sack Rodgers because of the 40 yard pass routes. McCarthy and his stubborn (some might read that as stupid) playcalling will, once again, completely stall the Packer offense, and place the injury-depleted defense on the field for 65% of the game, with Longwell kicking a last second 45 yarder to win. Thanks MM:(

  14. conníe says: Oct 22, 2010 10:13 AM

    samson cut his mullet

  15. Pervy Moss says: Oct 22, 2010 10:13 AM

    Gregg Rosenthal says..I was at the season opener and watched Allen face off against Saints tackle Jermon Bushrod the whole game through my handy binoculars.
    ===================================
    Sounds sort of man crush creepy Gregg.Did Jared get a restraining order??

  16. JimmySmith says: Oct 22, 2010 10:18 AM

    Glad to see PFT acknowledged the fact that Allen padded his stats last year against a 3rd string rookie and a guard playing LT. The rest of the year, he almost became invisible, especially in the NFC Championship game where Drew Brees was phoning in a pizza order from the pocket.
    But in not showing up in the big games, Allen is not alone. They have a $44 million WR that can’t get open, a RB that couldn’t hold on to the ball, a Sexting QB that just can’t seem to get through a playoff game without throwing a backbreaking INT and a Head Coach (and I use that term loosely) than can’t count to 11 and then stop. It’s wrong to single out any one player or coach when it comes to choking, the Vikings put forth a team effort in that regard.

  17. Gravy May Expand Sconnies says: Oct 22, 2010 10:23 AM

    the vikes have a top 5 defense. the team gives up 17 pts per game and the d gives up less than that. i’d say it’s 50-50 the pckers even show up on sunday night and even if they do they’ll probly run off the field waving their hands over their heads and screaming as soon as the vikes walk onto the field.

  18. backdapack10 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:24 AM

    Vikings have 6 sacks and 4 INT’s (5 games)
    Packers have 21 sacks and 7 INT’s (6 games)
    Vikings have given up 13 sacks and 29 qb hits (5 games)
    Packers have given up 14 sacks and 27 qb hits (6 games)
    edge…..Packers

  19. bogmon says: Oct 22, 2010 10:24 AM

    Jared Allen got married in the offseason.
    I blame the girl. Shoulda stayed single. Gettin’ some strange from time to time will keep a man sharp and tenacious.
    Just ask Brent!

  20. 12TimeWorldChamps says: Oct 22, 2010 10:25 AM

    Jared Allen belongs in NASCAR. Stupid hillbilly.

  21. toddm6d says: Oct 22, 2010 10:31 AM

    “Love_Boat_Scandal says:
    October 22, 2010 9:57 AM
    Rodgers > Favre”
    ——-
    haha… Rogers is 1-11 when the score is within 4 points.
    Rogers = Scott Mitchell

  22. Ruvell200 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:32 AM

    Pkrjones- MM’s play calling can be a little suspect at times and is an easy scapegoat. But remember what Favre fantasy did to Packer fans…don’t repeat it. The elephant in the room is that Rodgers has a run/pass option a lot of the time and is responsible to make the right read. Right now, he is not playing at anywhere near the level he was last year.

  23. ArcticEdge says: Oct 22, 2010 10:35 AM

    LOL at all the Allen haters. He’ll get at least 3 sacks and another 4 or 5 hurries. Allen is the best in the game and the packers oline is one of the worst. Advantage ALLEN!
    Vikings 56
    Packers 9

  24. tre1572 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:36 AM

    Maybe he should quit drinking again. Saw him at a certain Lake Minnetonka estaclishment on a number of occasions this summer.

  25. Bordner says: Oct 22, 2010 10:39 AM

    toddm6d says:
    October 22, 2010 10:31 AM
    haha… Rogers is 1-11 when the score is within 4 points.
    Rogers = Scott Mitchell
    ———————————
    and Scott Mitchell > this year’s Favre

  26. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Oct 22, 2010 10:39 AM

    yeah, and they need 98 randy moss to show up to. and 09 favre. and…

  27. Ruvell200 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:40 AM

    “the vikes have a top 5 defense. the team gives up 17 pts per game and the d gives up less than that. i’d say it’s 50-50 the pckers even show up on sunday night and even if they do they’ll probly run off the field waving their hands over their heads and screaming as soon as the vikes walk onto the field.”
    ——————
    Man, you are lame.

  28. Infidel says: Oct 22, 2010 10:46 AM

    Minnesota SHOULD win this game because they:
    – Have better running game
    – Have better wideouts
    – Have better TE (now)
    – Have better d-line
    – Have better specials (returner and punter)
    Weather forecast is for rain all day and night.
    Hardly the recipe for success for McCarthy’s pass-at-all-cost offense.
    31-16 is the call

  29. HolyMoly says: Oct 22, 2010 10:50 AM

    I agree with what pkrjones said. MM’s play calling has been, shall we say, less than stellar so far this season. Completely unimaginative and predictable. They’ll need some new wrinkles to overcome the Vikings defense.

  30. Majik Bullet says: Oct 22, 2010 10:50 AM

    # ClayMath52 says: October 22, 2010 10:04 AM
    What does a Viking fan do after the Vikings win the Super Bowl…..?
    Turns off the Playstation.
    ____________________
    What does a Packer fan do after the Packers win the Super Bowl?
    Talks about it for 45 years as if it still has some bearing on how good the current year’s team is.

  31. ArcticEdge says: Oct 22, 2010 10:51 AM

    At this point I’m wondering if the Packers will win anoher game. Seriously, they could easily lose out while the Vikings win out.
    I guess that’s good news for Packers fans, you’ll be in the Mark Ingram lottery now, LOL!!!

  32. Ruvell200 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:52 AM

    @ArcticEdge- Favre is the best quarterback of all time, Allen is the best in the game…I suppose Hussein Abdullah is the best safety in the game too…
    Speaking of Arctic, do the world a favor and join the Polar Bear Club. Jump in and never resurface. Your best use in life is as mid-lake structure.

  33. bonecity7 says: Oct 22, 2010 10:52 AM

    JimmySmith says:
    October 22, 2010 10:18 AM
    Glad to see PFT acknowledged the fact that Allen padded his stats last year against a 3rd string rookie and a guard playing LT. The rest of the year, he almost became invisible, especially in the NFC Championship game where Drew Brees was phoning in a pizza order from the pocket.
    ————————————————-
    Smitty,
    No QB will be phoning in pizza orders against the Vikings (or any other team for that matter) this year………along with making Tweeting during games illegal, the NFL has also outlawed making phone calls while on the field!!
    Hope this helps.

  34. wtf__seriously says: Oct 22, 2010 10:53 AM

    CarlGerbschmidt says:
    I got my Jared Allen costume for Halloween but I don’t have anywhere to put my candy because it came without a sack.
    So, I exchanged it for a Vikings offensive line costume but I still don’t have anywhere to put my candy because it’s full of holes.
    =======================
    +1 !!
    Good post!

  35. purpleguy says: Oct 22, 2010 10:57 AM

    Allen is playing against Clifton this year, so don’t expect big numbers. he played pretty good against Romo and the Boys last week, even if they dumped the ball off quick on virtually every possession. The D lineman that played well last week was Kevin Williams. The Pack’s offense is now pretty one-dimensional with the TE and RB injuries; however, for some reason I fear Rodgers rushing for about 75 yards on Sunday.

  36. Alpha Male says: Oct 22, 2010 10:58 AM

    As long as they have Brad Childress from any year, they’ll continue sucking.

  37. SteelScorpio says: Oct 22, 2010 11:10 AM

    he’s probably worried he will be fined or suspended if he was last years Jared Allen.

  38. Moss_Back_Home says: Oct 22, 2010 11:11 AM

    Jared Allen can sit back in the end zone and watch the entire game on defense and we will still beat the packers. I refuse to waste a capital “P” on the squad.

  39. bob nelson eats wieners says: Oct 22, 2010 11:16 AM

    Even without Allen producing good numbers, the vikings are still a top five defense. Just wait till he gets going. Rogers will be on his back all night, just like in the locker room with mccarthy.

  40. DublinDemons says: Oct 22, 2010 11:18 AM

    No doubt, where has Cowboy been all season. Having RBs run past him that’s where. Big Fan of the Purple, but he has been invisible in the stat catagory, doesn’t mean he isn’t disruptive, but he can be game planned now days.
    How do you drive a packner fan crazy? Put him in a round room and tell him theres free beer in the corner!

  41. Supersuckers2 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:19 AM

    Majik Bullet says:
    October 22, 2010 10:50 AM
    # ClayMath52 says: October 22, 2010 10:04 AM
    What does a Viking fan do after the Vikings win the Super Bowl…..?
    Turns off the Playstation.
    ____________________
    What does a Packer fan do after the Packers win the Super Bowl?
    Talks about it for 45 years as if it still has some bearing on how good the current year’s team is.
    —————–
    14 years ago we won the title. Thank you Desmond and reggie!!!

  42. In1Ear&OutYourMother says: Oct 22, 2010 11:21 AM

    I promise you that Jared would be the first to say that he isn’t playing as well as he would like. Lets look at the guys that Jared has lined up aginst. Jake Long & DBrick ferguson are two of the five best LT’s in the game. Jarod Bushrod & Jeff Backus are definitely considered mid-level and compare nicely with Chad Clifton. And finally Doug Free. Doug Free isn’t anyone special, but Jared had a nice game against him. It isn’t as if Jared didn’t do anything. He made some plays and required attention from the QB’s and 2nd tier blockers.

  43. Stubbs156 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:23 AM

    Infidel says:
    October 22, 2010 10:46 AM
    Minnesota SHOULD win this game because they…Weather forecast is for rain all day and night.
    ———————————————–
    How the hell does this favor the Vikes? They play in a dome dude.

  44. Calistin says: Oct 22, 2010 11:27 AM

    While I’ll be the first to admit the Packers tackles have again been struggling this year, it seems to me they mostly have problems with speed rushers.
    JA is no speed rusher imo, unless you count overpenetrating 5 yards upfield speed rushing…

  45. PackerRube13 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:37 AM

    ArcticEdge says:
    October 22, 2010 10:35 AM
    LOL at all the Allen haters. He’ll get at least 3 sacks and another 4 or 5 hurries. Allen is the best in the game and the packers oline is one of the worst. Advantage ALLEN!
    Vikings 56
    Packers 9
    ————————————–
    The prediction at the bottom makes this one of the top 10 worst posts ever. I really don’t even know what else to say. Take off the purple sunglasses sir.

  46. jackers252 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:43 AM

    Allen has been invisible the last two years. OVERRATED!!!

  47. Majik Bullet says: Oct 22, 2010 11:44 AM

    # Supersuckers2 says: October 22, 2010 11:19
    14 years ago we won the title. Thank you Desmond and reggie!!!
    ________________
    Really, what position did you play? But thanks for proving my point, it’s been a decade and a half, and you still talk about it as if it’s somehow relevant to today’s team.
    But nice logic, somehow Reggie’s 3 sacks and Howard’s one TD while GB already had the lead were more important than the league MVP’s 3 TD’s and 250 yards. Makes sense coming from the guy who guaranteed Packer wins over Washington and Miami. Only a fool like that would think 4 good plays outweighed an entire game full of them.

  48. Infidel says: Oct 22, 2010 11:45 AM

    Stubbs156 …
    Rainy, wet field conditions favor teams that can run the ball …..
    Vikes can do that…. Packers CHOOSE not to because they are coached by a pass-happy offensive coordinator….who we are learning is in way over his head …
    Frankly, I am shaking my head, ruefully, for having to explain such elementary football knowledge …

  49. pkrlvr says: Oct 22, 2010 11:45 AM

    Tre1572, maybe you should quit drinking too.
    Jsmith, what’d the pack do in the playoffs last year? Who made it to the NFC championship game and who choked in the opening round? You talk a lot of shit but seem quite oblivious to your own team’s troubles. Maybe you should stop worrying about MN and start worrying about the pack.
    favre 24
    pack 20

  50. Majik Bullet says: Oct 22, 2010 11:47 AM

    And by the way Super, the point I was getting at is how you homers point out the championships from the 60′s and beyond when trying to defend the current sad state of the Pack. And you hammered it home, while sprinkling in some bitterness over the one who got away. I can’t wait to see the turncoats when Teddy’s team is 3-4 come Sunday. It’s already begun, this should just provide the exclamation point.

  51. Youngs79 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:56 AM

    Hey Jimmy Smith, how are you going to feel when your puckers get their butts kicked Sunday Night?

  52. BigEarl504 says: Oct 22, 2010 11:57 AM

    Allen’s entire career is built off beating subpar Offensive tackles. Take a look…his great 14.5 sack season last year was a fraud.
    10.5 of those sacks came against the Pack, Detroit and Chicago. Three of the most horrible O-lines and Left Tackles in football.
    And now that teams don’t have to dedicate extra resources to blocking the Williams Wall (old and sad), Jared Allen is showing his true color (yellow)

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