Matt Kalil gets Jared Allen cursing

Matt Kalil

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Some rookies get a baptism by fire. Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil has been thrown into the bowels of a blast furnace.

He’s regularly facing defensive end Jared Allen, the 22-sack bright spot on a generally bad defense in 2011. Allen, who would be holding the single-season sack record but for Brett Favre’s hook-slide gimme for Michael Strahan in 2001, doesn’t get nearly the attention Allen deserves, because he plays for a team that has become an afterthought in the NFC North.

The “afterthought” status could change, if Kalil can play against opponents the way he performed against Allen on Tuesday.  Read More…