Who Will be Trying to Contain Jared Allen? : Packers Insider

Who Will be Trying to Contain Jared Allen?

October 28, 2009 by  
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By Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Oct. 28th, 2009

In the past three weeks, scouts and coaches from the St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers studied for the Minnesota Vikings by watching game videotape that featured defensive end Jared Allen overwhelming the Green Bay Packers for 4½ sacks against converted guard Daryn Colledge.   

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen poses lots of problems for the Packers, particularly when it comes to decide who will play left tackle against him on Sunday

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen poses lots of problems for the Packers, particularly when it comes to decide who will play left tackle against him on Sunday

That was exactly why the Vikings forked over some major assets — a first-round draft pick and third-rounders, plus a new contract that included $31 million in guarantees — to acquire Allen from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. And it was the kind of performance that slaps NFL people in the face.

“That game, as a coach, makes you wake up and say, ‘This guy’s a really good football player,’” said an offensive coach of one of the Vikings’ recent opponents.

This week, Allen brings his high-octane game to Lambeau Field. No. 1 on Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s list of game-planning priorities on offense is finding ways to keep Allen and the Vikings’ pass rush from dominating like they did on Oct. 5, when they had nine sacks and 19 pressures on quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a 30-23 win.

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