KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Defensive end Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings goes up against offensive tackle Branden Albert #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter on October 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Vikings 22-17. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Someone we haven't talked a lot about after the Minnesota Vikings game is Brandon Albert. The Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle had a productive game against the Vikings generally holding Jared Allen, the guy who was traded away allowing the Chiefs to select Albert, in check.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley went on the Chiefs Kingdom Show with Mitch Holthus on 810 WHB Monday night and said Albert was fired up in the locker room after the game.
"What I wish everybody could've seen was Brandon Albert in the locker room after the game," Haley said. "That was real excitement.
"All week," Haley continued, "he had come to us and said, 'Run behind me. Do what we have to. I got you covered.' We challenged those guys the night before the game to protect the quarterback against a really good pass rush and a team that relies on those four to help them play defense. I thought our line did a tremendous, tremendous job doing just that."
Allen had two sacks in the game but that's not really an indication of how he played. As Josh Looney notes, the Chiefs averaged over seven yards per carry running behind Albert so he was an effective piece of the puzzle this weekend.