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Everson Griffen is the NFC defensive player of the week

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Everson Griffen #97 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a sack during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings went into Lambeau Field last Sunday night with designs on winning the NFC North.

They realized those hopes with the help of defensive end Everson Griffen. Griffen had two sacks against the Packers in a 20-13 Vikings victory, including one that turned into one of the biggest plays of the game.

With the Vikings up 13-3 in the third quarter, Griffen stripped Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the ball on a sack and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn scooped it up for a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Those points gave the Vikings a cushion they used to survive 10 Packers points in the fourth quarter and win their first division title since 2009.

Griffen ended the regular season with 10.5 sacks in 15 games for the Vikings, who will be looking for him to provide pressure on Russell Wilson this weekend as the Vikings try to knock off the defending NFC champions on what’s expected to be a frigid day in Minneapolis.

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21 Responses to “Everson Griffen is the NFC defensive player of the week”
  1. peopletrains says: Jan 6, 2016 10:30 AM

    Congrats on beating a guy that hasn’t played tackle in 8 years!

  2. pkrlvr says: Jan 6, 2016 10:40 AM

    Griffin is a nightmare and that play basically gave them the north. Would love to see a GB vs MN NFC championship game but I doubt either team will make it that far….

  3. charliecharger says: Jan 6, 2016 11:02 AM

    The Vikings are certainly building the right way. They are loaded on defense. If Bridgewater turns out to be a great QB, this team is the next dynasty. Even if he only turns into a good QB, the Vikings should be able to get to the super bowl. Teddy still has a long way to go, but he’s very young. Most of their star players are very young. Vikings fans are in for a pretty nice ride.

  4. q1ller says: Jan 6, 2016 11:02 AM

    Josh Sitton may normally play guard, but he’s still a pro bowl OL. Everson has also been playing with a painfully bad shoulder all year. Congrats Everson!

  5. jolly1234 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:06 AM

    I think a lot of Jared Allen, but the Vikings are markedly better with Griffen because he plays the ball, not just the quarterback.

  6. conormacleod says: Jan 6, 2016 11:19 AM

    Two year starter. 22 1/2 sacks in those two years. 28 years old. $8.5 mil a year for 5 years.

    The Packers might want to draft a left tackle.

  7. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2016 11:30 AM

    Those weren’t cheap sacks either. Pretty decent season for Everson given Zimmer’s system is primarily based on stopping the run first and he played the last half of the season with a bad shoulder.

  8. tremoluxman says: Jan 6, 2016 11:30 AM

    Griff is a cool guy and has a motor with no ‘Off’ switch.

  9. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 6, 2016 11:53 AM

    Funny guy, too. Sounds just like Mitch Hedberg.

  10. jimnsota says: Jan 6, 2016 1:04 PM

    Jospeh,Flloyd,Everson, Kendricks,Barr, Smith,Rhodes and a potential freak in Hunter. Not to mention Waynes is a rookie. That there’s alot of youth and skill to give to a great defensive mind like Zim.
    Hope these guys can harness the inner beast and slow down the Seahawks!

  11. gtodriver says: Jan 6, 2016 1:31 PM

    I wasn’t sure if Everyone would get the honor or if Xavier would.

    Both had great games and big plays.

  12. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 6, 2016 1:35 PM

    I know the final score shows differently, but I think the Packers actually got the better of that game’s end results. I would much rather travel to play the Redskins than stay home and face the Seahawks.

  13. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jan 6, 2016 1:42 PM

    Nice! Vikings are building a team that is eerily similar the the Sea Chickens. Great defense, smart young QB that takes care of the ball, tough run game.

    I expect the Vikings to play a much better game against the Sea Chickens this weekend. Delicious.

  14. 440Barracuda says: Jan 6, 2016 2:01 PM

    Anybody else remember all the Packer trolls calling the Vikings the dumbest organization in the league, because they signed Griffen to a big contract and let Jared Allen walk? I do, but I’m sure none of them are man, or woman, enough to admit it.

  15. vikingfan23 says: Jan 6, 2016 2:05 PM

    @Bobthebills fan

    I disagree. The Packers will lose to the Redskins – who actually are the hottest team in the NFL. Look at their results over the last several weeks. Do you think GB can score 20 or more points? I have my doubts.

  16. dwhcic says: Jan 6, 2016 3:03 PM

    Washington and the Vikes win this weekend.

  17. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 6, 2016 3:24 PM

    Viking fans like to bash Rodgers for having small hands, but it was Bridgewater who fumbled without getting touched.

  18. stellarperformance says: Jan 6, 2016 3:57 PM

    The Vikings deserve the win and this guy deserves this award. How can you call it any other way?

  19. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 6, 2016 4:57 PM

    I hope someone reminds Everson that he is going against Russell Okung, who was drafted # 6 in the 2010 NFL draft. Drafted by Pete Carroll, who came from USC and still overlooked Everson who played for him at USC. Vikings took Griffen and I think he should knock the snot out of Okung and take Carroll out of the playoffs . Sweet revenge!!

  20. deck28 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:07 PM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Jan 6, 2016 1:35 PM
    I know the final score shows differently, but I think the Packers actually got the better of that game’s end results. I would much rather travel to play the Redskins than stay home and face the Seahawks.

    Please know what your talking about before making ignorant comments. Had Green Bay won, Minnesota would have returned to GB. Yes, everyone has Seattle in the SB and as a Minnesota fan, to be the best I want them to beat the best. If they don’t do it this year it will be a huge building block for the future.

  21. vikingsnyc5 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:26 PM

    He has a been a big reason for all the defensive success this year. Im glad he was recognized. Should have been a pro bowler!!

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