Everson Griffen has one sack in each of Minnesota’s seven games

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The Vikings’ offense has plenty of questions marks. The team’s defense has one really big exclamation point in defensive end Everson Griffen.

Griffen, now in his eighth season, has nine sacks in seven games. He’s also the sixth NFL player since the sack became an official stat in 1982 to have at least one sack in each of his team’s first seven games.

He already has more sacks in 2017 than he managed in all of 2016, and he’s on pace for 20.5 for the season.

Griffen, who had two sacks in Sunday’s win over the Ravens, may get a chance to add to that total by facing someone other than Joe Thomas next week, when the Vikings face the winless Browns in London.

As a team, the Vikings have 21 sacks for the season, an average of three per game. More importantly, the Vikings are 5-2, which matches their same record through seven games a year ago but with much more momentum and optimism than 2016, which began with five straight wins and quickly fell apart.

28 responses to “Everson Griffen has one sack in each of Minnesota’s seven games

  1. Ever questioned Everson’s big contract after Jared Allen departed? Spielman knew his talent all along.

  2. Good for Everson! I believe DeMarcus Lawrence of Dallas also has at least one sack in every game this year, too.

  3. The best DE in the game on the best defense in the game. Best front 4, Barr and Kendricks are studs at LB, and Smith and Rhodes round it out. A great defense no doubt.

    Now see GB fans, that’s how you win games in the nfl. We have a shutdown defense that can win with a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd string QB with the LT, LG, and best WR out of the game. As soon as Rodgers goes down, your season goes down.

  4. vikinghooper says:
    October 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm
    He’s also been offside at least once every game this year; so he’s got that going for him too. Which is nice.

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    I had to give a thumbs up because it’s true.

  5. Don’t let Everson Griffin’s sacks distract you from the fact that MN leads the nation with % of residents on food stamps and section 8 housing at 100% each.

  6. usdcoyotesfan says:
    October 22, 2017 at 10:15 pm
    Don’t let Everson Griffin’s sacks distract you from the fact that MN leads the nation with % of residents on food stamps and section 8 housing at 100% each.

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    Aww. . . that’s so cute. The little guy from USD is staying up late tonight, just to talk with the grown ups.

  7. usdcoyotesfan says:
    October 22, 2017 at 10:15 pm
    Don’t let Everson Griffin’s sacks distract you from the fact that MN leads the nation with % of residents on food stamps and section 8 housing at 100% each
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    And yet another example why packer fans are the most bitter, uneducated, annoying and hypocritical fans in the league

    Stay classy

  8. The offense is much better this year thus far than last year’s. Will be interesting to see if it can continue or will teams adapt. Last year’s 5-0 start was mainly because of special teams and defense the offense was atrocious other than the Houston game.

  9. How can he be on track to have 20.5 sacks? He had one sack in each game this year and there are 16 games in a season. Shouldn’t he be on track for 16 sacks?

  10. That’s right dayglo.. our oline is in much better shape, we can run the ball and we have a QB that will throw beyond the sticks on 3rd down!

  11. @brian481516 He’s had AT LEAST one sack in every game. He had two sacks in a couple of games, including the Ravens game. 9 sacks in 7 games is a 1.29 average and over a 16 game schedule puts him at a pace of 20.5.

  12. Everson is the best DE because he’s the best pass rusher and he plays the run.

    VS the opposing teams LT every game and still leads the league in sacs

    Who does that?

  13. brian481516 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 11:50 pm
    How can he be on track to have 20.5 sacks? He had one sack in each game this year and there are 16 games in a season. Shouldn’t he be on track for 16 sacks?

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    No. He is GETTING a sack at least once/game. He has 9 sacks through 7 games. That averages to 20.5 sacks through 16 games.

  14. Start turning those FGs into TDs and we’ll be blowing teams out. Both last week and this week felt like blowouts until you looked at the scoreboard. The other side, of course, is if we get to that magical 20 pts, we win so let’s keep that going.

  15. Everson isn’t just an edge rusher either like some other sack guys. He is great against the run. He ran down Allen trying to turn the corner Sunday.

  16. Only 7 games in and already the league agrees he is the hardest player on either side of the ball to game-plan against

  17. And that includes offense. And the Vikings have a CB who is also impossible to beat.

    It’s the ultimate nightmare for any offensive coordinator.

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