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Griffen to 'Prime Time': Vikings Prepared for Perfect Start

Everson Griffen and the Vikings aren't surprised by their hot start.

Griffen chatted with NFL Network's Deion Sanders after Minnesota's 31-13 win over Houston, saying that the Vikings 5-0 record is a testament to hard work and dedication.

"I feel like we prepared for this," Griffen said. "Each and every week we're prepared to go out there and dominate, and that's what we've been doing.

"(Our) defense, we're going out there to try and pitch a shut out," he added. 

Griffen's answer was interrupted by Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who popped into the picture to say hello to Sanders, a former player of his in Dallas.

Griffen and Sanders shared a laugh when the normally intense Zimmer had a big grin on his face.

"He's got the biggest smile on his face, and you know he doesn't smile too much," Griffen said with a smile of his own. "I love playing for him. He brings excitement, he brings authenticity. He's always the same, he's always consistent.

"He's never going to divert from his plan and his way, and that's why we win games," he added. "We're all on the same page, and there's only one way to do it."

Sanders, who played under Zimmer when the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX, added: "He will smile when he's winning. But if he loses a game, oh my gosh, he won't take my call on Mondays."

Sanders praised a Minnesota defense that limited the Texans to just 214 total net yards and just one conversion in 13 third-down attempts.

He said the Vikings, who have won eight straight regular season games, deploy one of the best defensive lines in the league.

Brian Robison had a pair of sacks on Sunday, and Danielle Hunter and Tom Johnson each had one.

"We've got myself, we've got Brian, we've got Danielle, we've Linval (Joseph) … Big Goon," Griffen said. "We bring pressure from everywhere … we pin our ears back and we work.

"When it's time to rush the passer, we're going to do what we do," he added.

Griffen said the Vikings aren't satisfied with being the lone unbeaten team in the league.

Minnesota is off this weekend and will travel to play the Eagles on Oct. 23 in Philadelphia.

"We're 5-0, and that's all that matters," Griffen said. "We're looking to come back stronger than ever.

"It's exciting, man. Winning is fun," he added. "We've got to keep it going. The Vikings are here to stay."

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