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Vikings’ Everson Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

By Andrew Krammer

Everson Griffen’s disruptive night in Green Bay earned his first career player of the week honor, heading into his first career playoff start.

Griffen led the Vikings (11-5) with four quarterback hits, including two sacks, and a forced fumble on Aaron Rodgers in a NFC North-clinching victory Sunday night. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of Week 17, the league announced on Wednesday.

His 10.5 sacks led the defense in the regular season, giving Griffen, a player-voted captain, 22.5 sacks in 31 games since becoming a full-time starter. Though he’s become more than pass rush under coach Mike Zimmer, who uses Griffen’s freakish athleticism in a variety of ways.

The Vikings host the back-to-back conference champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the first round of the NFC playoffs.

The post Vikings’ Everson Griffen named NFC Defensive Player of the Week appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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