Oakland left tackle Jared Veldheer has a monumental task this week trying to slow down NFL sacks leader Jared Allen of Minnesota.
While it might sound a little crazy, Veldheer hopes the Raiders let him go at it alone.
The second-year offensive lineman certainly respects Allen and calls him one of the best in the league. Veldheer just thinks the Raiders' offense could suffer if they have to send help his way.
''You want to have (teammates) be able to do their thing,'' Veldheer said Thursday. ''You want them to be able to get in the pass route to make a first down or do something to help us convert. As long as you do your job and someone doesn't have to help you, then we're better off.''
Then again it really hasn't mattered what strategy teams have used against Allen. His 13 1/2 sacks are two off his career high, and the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end needs only 4 1/2 more to reach 100 for his career.
Since notching half a sack in Minnesota's opener against San Diego, Allen ha...