- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Washington Redskins, at least, know him now.

Defensive end Jared Allen dominated the Redskins yesterday, recording three sacks, forcing and recovering two fumbles and helping the Kansas City Chiefs to a 28-21 victory.

It was a career game for the little-known Allen, and he made his mark on it early.

The Redskins were poised to score on their opening possession for the first time this season, driving to the Kansas City 7-yard line.

However, thanks to a big play by Allen, that first possession resulted in a fumble instead of points. On third-and-7, Allen stripped the ball from Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell and recovered it 11 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

The Chiefs took advantage of the turnover when Lawrence Tynes booted a 20-yard field goal to cap a 14-play drive.

“It felt good. It was one of those games where I felt I found something I could get coming off the ball,” said Allen, a fourth-round pick last year out of Idaho State who came one sack shy of tying Derrick Thomas for the club’s rookie record for a season.

Allen’s three-sack game yesterday was a career-high.

Allen recovered his second fumble in the second quarter after a hit on Brunell, who was looking for a first down on third-and-9 situation with the Redskins leading 7-6.

Finding no one open, Brunell tucked away the ball. Allen jarred it loose with an open-field hit, then recovered the ball on the Washington 39.

This time, however, the Chiefs were not able to convert on the turnover and entered halftime still trailing.

Allen’s final two sacks occurred in the fourth quarter with the Redskins trailing, 28-21.

The momentum swung in the Chiefs’ favor early in the fourth quarter after a spectacular 60-yard touchdown by running back Priest Holmes off a screen pass from quarterback Trent Green gave them a 28-21 lead.

Then Allen, constantly flailing his arms to rile up the home crowd, kept the momentum on the Chiefs’ side with his defensive play on the Redskins’ next possession.

On second-and-10 from at the Washington 21, Allen brushed off a block by Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels to nail Brunell for a 7-yard loss.

On the next play, Allen beat right tackle Jon Jansen for his third sack of the day, again for a 7-yard loss.

Samuels wasn’t too impressed.

“He’s not that quick. He’s a long-armed, hustle guy who plays hard until the whistle blows,” Samuels said. “But one of the stuff he got on me was a little cheap. I was set up on him and Clinton [Portis] chipped the guy inside which I wasn’t expecting.”

Brunell was sacked four times on the day for 34 yards, a season high for the Chiefs. Last week, however, the Chiefs managed only one sack — again by Allen — in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“That’s our job, not to let [Brunell] sit back there and pick our DBs apart, so we felt like we got called out this week,” Allen said. “We’ve got to get sacks. We were getting pressures, but we were not getting the quarterback on the ground.”



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