Tale of the Tape: Jared Allen vs. Joe Thomas

Posted Sep 18, 2013

A marquee matchup in Sunday’s Vikings-Browns game will be Vikings DE Jared Allen against Browns LT Joe Thomas. In a pass-happy league, talent and production from the left tackle and right defensive end position are at a premium, and with Allen and Thomas the Vikings and Browns have each hit the jackpot.

Together, Allen and Thomas have earned 11 Pro Bowls berths and 7 First-Team All-Pro honors. Allen has had double-digit sacks every season since 2007 and no player has more sacks than Allen’s 119.0 since 2004, while Thomas has been a Pro Bowler every season of his career and has never missed an offensive snap for the Browns.

Jared Allen
Height: 6-6
Weight: 270
Age: 31
Experience: 10th season
College: Idaho State
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA   
Joe Thomas
Height: 6-6
Weight: 312
Age: 28
Experience: 7th season
College: Wisconsin
Hometown: Brookfield, WI

Jared Allen Notes
-- Set a new Vikings single-season sack record in 2011 with 22.0, coming up just a .5 sack shy
of the NFL record (Michael Strahan)
-- Leads all NFL players in sacks since 2004 with 118.0
-- Holds Vikings record for consecutive games with a sack at 11
-- Holds Vikings record games in a season with sack (13 in 2011)
-- Only two NFL players (Reggie White, Derrick Thomas) have more sacks in their first 10 seasons than Allen’s 118.0
-- His 119.0 sacks rank 2nd behind John Abraham (122.0) in sacks among active players
-- Ranks tied for 1st in NFL history with 4 career safeties