Quarterback has become the most important position in football. It only stands to reason, then, that the player most capable of neutralizing the opposing team's quarterback is nearly as important. One would be hard-pressed to find better pass rushers in recent Vikings memory than Everson Griffen and Jared Allen, and that is why they are the subject of this week's Ticketmaster Hot Matchup.
For the first time since 2007, Allen will be lining up against the Vikings this time around. After six productive seasons as a stalwart member of the Vikings defense, where he collected 85.5 sacks and helped the team to three playoff appearances, Allen hit the free agent market this past offseason and signed with the Chicago Bears.