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Updated: November 14th, 2013 3:03pm
Jared Allen: 'No offense to Jacksonville,' but Seattle's home is tough

Jared Allen: 'No offense to Jacksonville,' but Seattle's home is tough

by Andrew Krammer
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Jared Allen spoke highly of teammate Kevin Williams on Thursday, specifically his knack for speaking up only when it's necessary. 

For better or worse, Allen isn't really that type.

The Minnesota Vikings will play at the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, a team that boasts a 9-1 record and hasn't lost at home since Dec. 24, 2011.

"No offense to Jacksonville or any team like that, but you go down there and the crowd is empty," Allen said. "Feels like fans are 100 yards away. And you know, you go to Seattle and it's loud. Trash talking, it's the way it's supposed to be."

The Seahawks' current streak of 12 straight wins at home ties their franchise record from 2004-06. Seattle is playing for not only a 10-1 start to the season, but a chance to set the franchise mark for the longest home winning streak on Sunday.

Whether legitimate or not, the Seahawks home crowd reportedly qualified for the Guinness Book of World Records in some category related to the loudest sporting event crowd, reaching a decibel level of 131.9 in the first half of a Sept. 15 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Fans reportedly broke that numer again in the third quarter when they raised it to 136.6.

Recently, the Vikings have reverted to their no-huddle offense for quarterback Christian Ponder in game situations that don't necessarily call for it.

Ponder has proven more productive in the two-minute offense and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave claimed the crowd noise won't impact his decision to run that.

"It doesn't really scare us out of our no-huddle," Musgrave said. "Being at home or on the road, we feel comfortable either way."

This isn't the first time Allen's had a little fun at another city's expense. Right around the last Seattle home loss (in 2011), Allen stirred the pot by saying he'd rather 'drown himself' than live in Detroit.

Instead of bashing the city he was about to play in this time, Allen talked favorably about playing through a hostile home crowd.

"Those environments are fun to play in, especially if you can get a win there, it makes it that much sweeter," Allen said. "They talk about tough environments to play in, it's just loud. It feels like fans are going to come onto the field and attack you."

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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