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Griffen: ‘Attitude' improved on ‘money down'

For the first half of the season, the Vikings were the worst team on third downs. That has made a dramatic turnaround in the last three games and Everson Griffen, one of their third-down specialists, has his reasoning.

For much of the 2013 season, the Vikings defense was a running punch line on third down. Through nine games, the Vikings were the worst defense on third down, allowing more than 50 percent of third-down opportunities – regardless of distance – converted into first downs. It extended opposing drives. It wore down the defense, which had to stay on the field longer. It was a shot at the pride of...

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