Dalvin Cook won against the Raiders over 100 meters on Sunday between 34 and 14, making him the first Viking player in history to score at least as many meters in the team's first three games.
The Vikings have won two of these games and their running play was so effective in these victories that they did not try a pass in the fourth quarter. That's a big difference from last year and it's the kind of running game that head coach Mike Zimmer missed for the 2018 season.
Kyle Rudolph described Cook's production as "unbelievable" after winning on Sunday and Cook as "unbelievable" about the way the offense takes shape.
"It's part of the identity of our head coach," Cook told Jon Krawczynski of TheAthletic.com. "That comes with the rules of the old school. We know the kind of defense we have. Keeping this thing nearby and making it manageable for us to win the football game requires leading the game, making big hits, playing games, and simply converting. That's what Zim likes. I like it when room likes it. "
There are likely to be weeks when Cook finds beating harder, but it's unlikely the Vikings will change anything in their approach until it's absolutely necessary. 19659007]