The Minnesota Vikings needed another productive pass rusher, and there were plenty of top-tier options available as free agency approached. They decided to stay with the guy they had already developed, and the gamble of handing over a market-setting contract to Everson Griffen looks like a smart move right now. He is third in the NFL in sacks, with eight in eight games. He also is third in the league with 13 1/2 quarterback knockdowns, according to STATS.
When Minnesota’s veteran defensive linemen are pulled from a game for a play or two to rest, the coaches are well-prepared for the response. Don’t take me out. With the starters one year older and the Vikings even deeper at a position group already one of the team’s strongest, these gripes are bound to grow louder this season.
For a guy who does his best work in the air, Aaron Rodgers is spending way too much time on the ground.
Jared Allen remains apologetic for a hit that ended Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis’s season last weekend, though he insists the play that drew a $21,000 fine was not dirty.
Most power conference teams expect to put a lot of pressure on the quarterback against weaker competition in the non-conference schedule.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen says he wants the NFL sack record more than ever after falling just one short of breaking the mark last season.
The Minnesota Vikings were on the wrong end of a blowout against New Orleans, and Jared Allen was on the sideline during the Saints’ final possession.
When Kevin Williams sacked Carson Palmer last weekend, it snapped a 21-game sackless streak for the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle.
Jared Allen says he can always find reason for motivation at the start of a season.