Allen Named October's AFC Defensive Player of the Month
Nov 01, 2007, 2:18:45 PM
The National Football League informed the Chiefs on Thursday that DE Jared Allen has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. This marks the first time he has earned this distinction, becoming the first Chiefs player to win this honor since LB Derrick Thomas took home AFC Defensive Player of the Month accolades for December of ‘97.
Allen (6-6, 270) was a principle contributor to the Chiefs winning four of their last five contests and entering the month of November atop the AFC West standings with a 4-3 record. After sitting out the club’s first two games of the 2007 campaign, Allen has piled up sacks at a torrid pace. The fourth-year pro currently sits atop the AFC with 8.0 sacks (-61.0 yards) and is tied for second in the NFL with N.Y. Giants DE Osi Umenyiora and Green Bay DE Aaron Kampman. Philadelphia DE Trent Cole (9.0) leads the league. The Chiefs own a 4-1 record this season with Allen in the lineup.
In a critical 27-20 win vs. Cincinnati (10/14), Allen pestered the Bengals offense by posting three tackles, 2.5 sacks (-19.0 yards) of Carson Palmer and three QB pressures to go along with a Palmer forced fumble. Just one week later at Oakland (10/21), Allen accumulated nine solo tackles, 2.0 sacks (-15.0 yards) of Daunte Culpepper and two QB pressures to mark his ninth career multi-sack game. His 35.5 career sacks are the seventh-highest in team history, while his 12 career forced fumbles place him fourth in franchise annals. He totaled 16 tackles (14 solo), 6.0 sacks (-40.0 yards), seven QB pressures and a forced fumble in three games during the month of October.
Allen has registered four games with 1.5 sacks or more this season, the most by any player this season. He currently owns 26 tackles (22 solo), 8.0 sacks (-61.0 yards), nine QB pressures, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles this season. The Los Gatos, California native was a first-team All-America selection at Idaho State and was recognized as the Buck Buchanan Award Winner in 2003 as the premier defensive player in NCAA Division I-AA football. Allen concluded his prep career at Los Gatos High School.