The Vikings may be struggling at 2-6, but the month of October was a solid one for defensive end Jared Allen. Allen registered eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries during the five games Minnesota played in October. As a result, he has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month:
Allen leads the NFL in sacks with 12.5 and set a Vikings’ record by recording a sack in 10 consecutive games.
On top of all that, Allen and his wife, Amy, also welcomed their first child in October. Their daughter Brinley was born last week.
Allen is the eighth Viking to win Defensive Player of the Month honors in the franchise's history, and the first to do so since Darren Sharper in 2005. Here is what the Daily Norseman had to say:
Minnesota Vikings' defensive end Jared Allen, who just a few months ago was washed up, burned out, and had been figured out by every offensive tackle in the league, somehow managed to perform well enough to be named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for October.