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Everson Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

It’s been a great season for #97 so far

NFL: International Series-Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings’ defensive end Everson Griffen has gotten off to an outstanding start this season, and he was recognized for it on Thursday.

Griffen was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for the month of October. This is the second time that Griffen has received the honor, having also won it in October 2014. Surprisingly, he is only the second Vikings’ defensive end to win the award twice, according to the Vikings’ official website. Hall of Famer Chris Doleman is the other.

Six of Griffen’s ten sacks came during the month of October, and he also had two forced fumbles and 18 total tackles for the month.

Griffen has recorded a sack in each of the team’s first eight games this season, tying him with Jim Marshall and Jared Allen for the longest such streak in team history.

He’s also currently leading the voting for our Midseason Defensive MVP. . .which, hey, isn’t an official award or anything, but he’s still got that going for him. Which is nice.

Congratulations to Everson Griffen on winning the NFC Defensive Player of the Month Award for the month of October! With any luck, he can bring home the awards for November and December, too.