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Jared Allen says Giants turnovers can be 'like a domino effect'

FILE - Minnesota Vikings defensive ends Jared Allen,

FILE - Minnesota Vikings defensive ends Jared Allen, left, and Brian Robison, right, sack Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the third quarter. (January 3, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The Giants have the most turnovers in the NFL with 22, and Jared Allen and the Vikings would like to add to that number.

“When a team is turning the ball over, we went through it last year for a spurt, it can be one of those things that can be like a domino effect and it keeps happening,” the Vikings defensive end said. “Anytime a team is struggling, you want to put them in situations to remind them of their struggles.”

Allen did say, though, that there is a difference between trying to force takeaways and just waiting for them to happen.

“If you go into a game thinking you’re going to force them to turn the ball over, you’re going to get drummed,” he said. “You have to get them in situations to force bad throws, to be able to put pressure on them.”

As for Eli Manning, the culprit behind 15 interceptions (and two lost fumbles), Allen said he is still dangerous and “has the ability to hurt you with his arm.” But he also said that pressuring Manning can help exacerbate his proclivity for errant throws.

“Just like any quarterback, at some point you have to get the ball out or you take the chance of getting hit,” Allen said. “You have to get him into guaranteed throwing downs and hopefully we can get the pressure on him and force him to change up his timing and his rhythm.”


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