The Manny Pacquiao - Antonio Margarito showdown isn't the only one going on this weekend. The Julius Peppers - Jared Allen showdown will be happening at Soldier Field on Sunday. Peppers and Allen are often mentioned in the same sentence when it comes to dominant pass rushers so naturally it's only fair to compare their careers and debate on who is more dominant.
For his career, Peppers has 83 sacks while Allen has 75.5. Although the
sack numbers are comparable, the difference between the 2 pass rushers
is the amount of turnovers they cause. Peppers has caused 32 fumbles and
grabbed 7 interceptions. Allen has 21 forced fumbles and 4
interceptions. In addition, Peppers has 48 passes defended while Allen
Both are having down years but their presence will have to be accounted
for. Peppers only has 2 sacks this season, while Allen has 3.5, 2 coming
against the Cardinals last week.
Peppers has 20 total tackles, 4 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and 1
interception. Despite the not-so-impressive numbers, is still a force to
be reckoned with as he is solid against the run and forces double and
triple teams and causes false starts.
Allen has 26 total tackles, 3 passes defended, and 1 interception. Just
by reading other blogs and columns, opponents are really doing anything
different to contain Allen. Maybe he lost his mullet power.
Peppers is the better pass rusher because he makes more impact plays
than Allen. I admit, I haven't watched much Vikings football, because
they're awful to watch, so I can only assume that Allen is a shadow of
himself. Peppers on the other hand, as we've seen, is still a disruptive
force that opposing lineman fear.