Filling in for an injured Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Will Allen earned the Pewter Report Most Valuable Player award with two second half interceptions of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The second-year safety performed admirably on a wet and hostile Lambeau Field and played a huge role in giving the Bucs their first win over the Packers in Wisconsin since 1989.
Allen, a former fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, had his biggest game as a pro with a combination of intelligence and awareness. His first pick came with 11:42 left in the fourth quarter. Favre threw deep in an attempt to hit Green Bay WR Donald Driver down the right seam, but Allen read Favre’s eyes and out-leaped Driver to snag the ball out of the air for his first interception of the season.
Allen’s second interception came at a crucial time with 5:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Packers, who were down by a point, were ready to cross midfield, but Allen came up big again, intercepting Favre deep down the left side of the field after Bucs cornerback Juran Bolden deflected the pass near the 5-yard line. Allen made a miraculous play to haul in his second interception of the game and season, and his two interceptions and three tackles earn him the Pewter Player of the Game honor, and more importantly, helped Tampa Bay defeat Green Bay and improve to 3-0 on the season.
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