Jared Allen

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings Preview and Prediction

Vikings can secure wild-card berth with win, Packers playing for first-round bye
<p> Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings Preview and Prediction</p>

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings each have something to play for when the long-time NFC North rivals meet up at 4:25 p.m. ET this afternoon on FOX. For the Vikings (9-6) it’s win and they are in the playoffs for the first time since 2009, while the Packers (11-4) can earn a coveted first-round bye with a second win over their divisional foe this month. If the Vikings fall to the Packers for a sixth straight time, they will need Chicago, Dallas and the New York Giants to all lose to extend their season by at least one more game.

Top 10 Highest Paid NFL Players in 2012

Rams QB Sam Bradford was the last No. 1 overall pick to cash in before the new CBA.
<p> The top 10 highest paid players in the NFL in 2012, including Dwight Freeney, Elvis Dumervil, Peyton Manning, Sam Bradford, Philip Rivers, Jared Allen, Tamba Hali, Michael Vick, Trent Williams and Larry Fitzgerald.</p>

The top 10 highest paid NFL players in 2012 prove just how valuable the quarterback position is in today’s pass-happy league. The entire top 10 has some direct contection to the quarterback position. Four actually take snaps at quarterback, four are paid to apply pass rush on the quarterback, one protects his quarterback’s blindside and one catches passes from whoever happens to be playing quarterback that day.

Matt Flynn Throws Six Touchdowns

Backup Matt Flynn breaks Green Bay Packers' passing records starting for Aaron Rodgers.
<p> Backup Matt Flynn breaks Green Bay Packers' passing records with 480 yards and six TDs starting in place of Aaron Rodgers in a Week 17 win over the Detroit Lions.</p>

Matt Flynn, QB, Packers

NFL Midseason Awards

Aaron Rodgers' MVP pace leads a pack of award-worthy players at halftime of NFL season.
<p> Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' MVP pace leads a pack of award-worthy players at "halftime" of the 2011 season.</p>

At halftime of the 2011 NFL season and the stretch run about to start, Athlon Sports takes a look at the award-worthy performers of this year’s first half:

Minnesota Vikings 2011 NFL Team Preview

An in-depth look at the Vikings offense, defense and special teams this year.
<p> An in-depth look at the Vikings offense, defense and special teams this year.</p>

The Vikings’ expectations for 2011 can be found somewhere between promise and denial. Several talented pieces remain from a 2009 team that was one botched play from a Super Bowl berth, but those pieces are either aging or still wondering what the heck happened during last season’s 6–10 meltdown.