When we look back to try and dissect the 2011 season to try and figure out what went wrong, sparse will be the finger pointed at Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

Currently on pace to break the single season sack record, Allen was named October’s defensive player of the month.  He is the first Vikings player to win one of the monthly awards since Darren Sharper did it in 2005.

Through eight games Allen has 34 tackles, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception, and four deflected passes.

If his production can be matched during the second half of this season then I may be typing a headline naming Allen as the defensive player of the year.