The play vaulted Griffen into an elite club, making him just the third player in league history to open a campaign with a sack in eight consecutive games, something only Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have accomplished.
After the win, Griffen chalked his success up to "hard work," before going out of his way to shine the spotlight on his talented cast of fellow Vikings defenders.
"This is the best team I've ever been a part of, from top to bottom," Griffen said, per ESPN's Courtney Cronin.
"When they do chip me more, we have guys -- Danielle Hunter, Tom [Johnson], B-Rob [Brian Robison], Linval [Joseph] -- to make plays, too. No matter how many guys they put over there, it doesn't matter," Griffen said. "I'm worried about being in my right gap, helping this team win and executing my assignment to be able to get to where we want to go, and that's to the top."
Griffen's finest season has come at the right time, and he's correct, at least for now, about this year's Vikings: They have the feel of a club ready to barge into January -- and possibly beyond.