Eden Prairie, MN (November 2, 2017) – Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month following his performance during the month of October.
Griffen recorded 6.0 sacks in a five-game span during the month of October to lead the NFC. The eight-year veteran has recorded a sack in all eight games this season, tying a franchise record for consecutive games with a sack held by Jim Marshall (1969) and Jared Allen (2011). Among all NFC defensive ends, Griffen tied for the most forced fumbles (2) and had the second most tackles (18) during the month.
This award marks the second time the two-time Pro Bowler has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month, also earning the honor in October of 2014. Griffen becomes the second defensive end in team history to win the award twice, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman.
The former University of Southern California Trojan has 10.0 sacks on the season, tied for second in the NFL, giving him double-digit sacks for the third time in his career after registering 12.0 in 2014 and 10.5 in 2015.
Griffen has helped the Vikings defense rank third in yards per game allowed (282.1) and fourth in points per game allowed (16.9) in 2017.
ALL-TIME VIKINGS NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
1986 | Doug Martin, DE | September
1989 | Keith Millard, DT | October
1992 | Chris Doleman, DE | December
1993 | Chris Doleman, DE | December/January
1994 | Jack Del Rio, LB | September
1994 | Anthony Parker, CB | October
1994 | John Randle, DT | December
1996 | John Randle, DT | October
1997 | John Randle, DT | October
1999 | John Randle, DT | December
2005 | Darren Sharper, S | November
2011 | Jared Allen, DE | October
2014 | Everson Griffen, DE | October
2017 | Everson Griffen, DE | October