Vikings’ Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers fumbles as he is hit by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

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A big game against the Green Bay Packers earned Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen an NFL honor, named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week.

In Minnesota’s 20-13 win at Green Bay — which clinched the NFC North for the Vikings — Griffen had six tackles (five solo), two sacks, three tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and a key forced fumble, which led to a touchdown after Captain Munnerlyn scooped up the loose ball and ran to the end zone.

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Griffen is the fifth Vikings player this season to be named an NFC Player of the Week this season and third to win the defensive honor. The last time the Vikings had three different players win NFC Defensive Player of the Week in the same season came in 2003 when safety Corey Chavous (at Green Bay, Sept. 7), defensive end Lance Johnstone (vs. Denver, Oct. 19) and cornerback Brian Williams (vs. Detroit, Nov. 3) each earned the honor.

Griffen finished the 2015 season with 44 tackles (34 solo) and a team-leading 10.5 sacks.