Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen mentioned four times how he "really, really" wanted to go against Browns 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas on Sunday.

Instead, he'll face Spencer Drango, a second-year backup guard making his first NFL start at left tackle.

"He's a guy who should be playing guard," Griffen said matter-of-factly after Friday's practice at Hazelwood Centre, training ground for the London Irish rugby team.

"He's a little slower, so I'm going to use my gift, which is my get-off and my speed and go out and help my team win."

Griffen, who has nine sacks in the first seven games, is trying to become the first player in franchise history with at least one sack in the first eight games of a season. His chances improved when Thomas' streak of 10,363 snaps ended with a season-ending torn triceps injury last week.

Drango, a fifth-round draft pick in 2016, stepped in for Thomas last week and struggled to slow a Titans pass rush that's normally underwhelming.