EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Jared Allen had Michael Strahan's single-season sacks record in his sights last season, and his intensity and push for the record 22.5 sacks were apparent in the season finale against the Chicago Bears.
Allen had 1.5 sacks at halftime in the final regular-season game and then took down Chicago quarterback Josh McCown on the first play of the second half before his furious attempt at breaking the record fell short. With 3.5 sacks against the Bears and 22 for the season, Allen, came closer than anyone to Strahan's record since Strahan broke Mark Gastineau's old mark of 22 with 22.5 in 2001.
Allen returned this season and said he believed 25 sacks in a season is possible and that one day Strahan's record will fall. It could very well happen this year.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith are challenging Strahan's record again, tied with 19.5 sacks with two games remaining. Watt and Smith are actually ahead of Allen's...