Dalvin Cook gives tremendous boost to the Viking play-off prospects
December 19, 2019
Week 10 edicates a proof ground to the Vikings, who have entered and exited the AT&T Stadium holding No. 6 seed in the NFC play-off picture after taking the 28-24 win against Dallas cowboy.
For the Vikings (7-3), it was a big victory at the critical moment of the season, and they succeeded at what had failed them earlier. Minnesota defeated a good team (Dallas, 5-4, on Sunday leading NFC East) on the road and overcame its own pitfalls, especially on defense.
Certainly, the Vikings will remain the No. 6 seed regardless of the outcome, but Sunday night’s victory not only shattered the notion of the Kirk cousin quarter-final in the biggest games , it gave Minnesota a preview of the type of competition it would have to beat if it achieved the feat.
Minnesota is locked in the current playoff picture, but there are issues that need to be addressed if you want to keep that position and move deep into January. On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings took the first step to get there and reach gets an important place compared to other NFC hopes like Carolina Panthers (5-4), Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) and Los Angeles Rams (5-4).
Superman attack galore
You can chalk this game to “The Special Kyle Rudolph” or “Dalvin Cook Day” and both will determine exactly what attack activity is in Minnesota. Rudolph’s two-yard touches in the drives returning in the first quarter allowed the Vikings to jump to a 14-0 lead and trigger an overnight attack on one night they would be without Adam Thielen (tendon injury on stilts).
ook recorded a rushing 100-yard day against one of the tournament’s best running defenders, and the statement that Minnesota made with its running game took place at its pivotal point.
On the last touch, the Vikings ran 11 times, culminating in a 2-yard touch run by Cook, followed by Rudolph’s 2-point conversion catch. The Vikings ripped five steps from 10 yards or more on Sunday, which links with Dallas the second most allowed this season.
Trae Waynes’ is absent for a nightmare outing for Mike Hughes. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, this is the biggest goal of any player this season.
Hughes gave up 10 reception times in 139 yards and one touch, and allowed a third and third number, including two-thirds and 12s on separate touchdown drives, and one-third and 14 that in the game.
Overall, Minnesota allowed Dallas to convert nine of its 15 attempts down to its third, a rate worsened by failing to pass the pace and pushed up the middle because Linval Joseph was absent due to injury.