CB Cedric Griffin registered another INT on Sunday, fully extending himself while making a diving catch in the endzone on a 2nd-qurter Jay Cutler pass intended for Johnny Knox.
The play looked exactly like the type of plays Vikings DBs make while putting in extra work after practice every day. And Griffin acknowledged as much in the locker room after the game.
“That’s coach going out every day after practice and throwing deep balls to us, and us going out there and concentrating and having focus,” Griffin explained at his locker. “We’re able to go out on our own after practice and catch balls, and it’s paying off a little bit.”
Griffin may have understated it a bit there. His INT yesterday halted a 9-play drive that began at the Chicago 21 and had advanced to the Minnesota 22. The score at the time was 17-7 in favor of the Vikings, but another TD pass there would’ve given Cutler his 2nd of the day and would’ve made it a 3-point game late in the 1st half.
Griffin now has 3 INTs on the season, which is the same number of picks the 4th-year CB registered in his first 3 seasons. The uptick in INTs by Griffin couldn’t come at a better time, as the Vikings secondary is dealing with the absence of its best player – CB Antoine Winfield.
“All of us have stepped up – it’s a team effort right here,” Griffin said. “No man can do it by himself, and we are all doing a great job right now.
“The whole team is playing with a lot of confidence – offense, defense, special teams. We are doing a great job in practice, the coaches are giving us a great game plan, and we’re going out and executing.”
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