MINNEAPOLIS – NFL's leading player in the first three weeks, Dalvin Cook, has taken a close look at the Minnesota Vikings' 34-14 win against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Before the fourth quarter began, Cook Cook set a team record and reached two other important milestones.
Cook shouldered the burden of the attack for a third consecutive week, racing 16 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, adding four catches for 33 yards. His successes on Sunday included:
the first player to score 100 yards and a quick touchdown in the first three games since DeMarco Murray in 2014;
the first player in Viking history who was in a hurry for 1
the first Viking player with 100 rushing yards in three consecutive games since Adrian Peterson in 2015.
"I feel great," said Cook. "I'll get back to work tomorrow and get my body ready for another football game, it's been part of my routine, been trained in me since the preseason, I'm prepared to get in shape and I'm ready for it." play.
What the Vikings can learn about their offense at the beginning of the season is that Cook is able to handle a workload that not only allows him to be the centerpiece of this scheme, but also a quick attack Minnesota hurried as a team by 211 yards, a feat that topped it last against Miami late in the 2018 season, when the Vikings put together 220 yards and three touchdowns on 40 rushes. In three games, Minnesota remains an anomaly in today's NFL with more overtaking maneuvers (581) than overtaking maneuvers (467). "The way they call games gave us a first chance," said quarterback Kirk Cousins, "in Dalvin Cook we have a very special race. He showed that. So these are two big pieces. And then our offensive line executes the pieces.
"I know Coach [Mike] Room, I think that's important It's also important for him to see a crime where football is going well, we've done that for three weeks in a row Weekend against a really good football team [the Bears in Chicago] known to stop the run and that will be a big challenge. "
What impresses Zimmer is the way Cook has earned his yards against the Raiders According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cook raced 12 times for 84 yards on Sundays on Sunday, averaging 7.0 yards per rush. Cook battled 6.4 yards to 46 yards on average during the duels this season, having averaged 4.5 yards in the first two seasons. 19659002] "He does not need much space because he's really good at slipping through holes," Zimmer said. "Perhaps the most impressive thing about him is the tenacity in the duels." He never wants to go under, but he's a fast-paced physical runner with home-run ability. "
Cook's return on investment in Cook finally comes together after several injuries in the left leg of his back hindered him to play 15 games in his first two seasons and his impact is felt not only in the running game.
Minnesota has averaged 193.7 rushing yards per game this season, but Week 3 was the first time cousins were able to take full advantage of it. In the passing game that depended on Cook's bottom-line behavior, cousins managed to start an effective attack with action that went 7-of-9 for 107 yards, and a TD on such passes.
"There was one I checked the game a couple of times to run the ball because they did Cousins speakers and then an explosive on a guy like Irv Smith said, "It's a great thing if you do not even have to go down to third place," he said n only on the first, second, first, second, first, second. This is not usually a reality, but if you can do it, it's a great thing. "
Cook's role in this reworked program has enabled the Vikings to act in a way that few other teams have done, some of which must be done with the opponents they face, on a more philosophical level As a matter of fact, Zimmer wants to see his crime on a weekly basis.
"It's part of the identity of our head coach," Cook said, "that's the old school rules. 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. "