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Jared Allen Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Month

You read that correctly, ladies and gentlemen. 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.

For the month of October alone, Allen collected eight sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles, and recorded 24 other tackles. He also established a new Vikings' team record by notching quarterback sacks in ten consecutive games, and is on pace to break Michael Strahan's single-season sack record.

Allen is the eighth different member of the Vikings to be named the Defensive Player of the Month, and the fourth Vikings' defensive lineman to receive it. He's the first Viking to receive the award since Darren Sharper won it back in November of 2005.

Here is a complete list of all the Vikings to receive the Defensive Player of the Month Award.

1986                Doug Martin, DE                     September

1989                Keith Millard, DT                     October

1992                Chris Doleman, DE                 December

1993                Chris Doleman, DE                 December/January

1994                Jack Del Rio, LB                     September

1994                Anthony Parker, CB               October

1994                John Randle, DT                     December

1996                John Randle, DT                     October

1997                John Randle, DT                     October

1999                John Randle, DT                     December

2005                Darren Sharper, S                  November

2011                Jared Allen, DE                     October

Congratulations to Jared Allen on his latest honor.