Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was named NFC defensive player of the month for October.

Griffen had six sacks in five games as the Vikings went 4-1 to take over first place in the NFC North.

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.

Griffen, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, also was NFC defensive player of the month in October, 2014. Chris Doleman is the only other Vikings defensive end to win the award twice. Defensive tackle John Randle won it four times.

Griffen has 10 sacks this season, second in the NFL to Dallas' Calais Campbell, who has 10½. The Vikings rank third in fewest yards per game allowed (282.1) and fourth in fewest points per game allowed (16.9) in 2017.