Vikings Set Franchise Record with 10 Sacks of Matthew Stafford

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Today the Minnesota Vikings broke the all-time franchise record by recording ten sacks. It was the first time Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had been brought down more than seven times in his career. It was a team effort by the Vikings, who had some standout individual performances.

Danielle Hunter led the way for the Vikings with 3.5 sacks. He now leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks. He also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. He’s a lock-in for defensive player of the week.

Defensive tackle Tom Johnson recorded 2.5 sacks, with defensive ends Everson Griffen and Stephen Weatherly contributing another combined 2.5 sacks (1.5 and 1, respectively).

Here’s a breakdown of all ten sacks recorded by the Vikings defense:

  • DE Danielle Hunter – 3.5
  • DT Tom Johnson – 2.5
  • DE Everson Griffen – 1.5
  • CB Mackensie Alexander – 1
  • DE Stephen Weatherly  – 1
  • DT Sheldon Richardson – .5

By the way, it’s not like the Lions offensive line is bad. The unit had given up 13 sacks the entire season before today. That number is now 23.