For all the talk about the Minnesota Vikings (12-3) this season, whether it’s the close games, QB Kirk Cousins’ career year or WR Justin Jefferson taking all the receiving records he wants, not much has gone towards their Pro Bowl running back.
Dalvin Cook is on pace to finish with his second-highest rushing total of his career. Needing only 51 yards over the next two games to do so.
Even more impressive considering the offensive line’s health and inconsistent play, as well as the offensive scheme becoming much more in favor of the pass.
What has gone virtually unnoticed is Cook’s rise up the all-time Vikings rushing yards list. Starting the season sixth all-time to third following last week’s performance.
Currently sitting at 5,929 career yards, he is likely to jump to second behind Adrian Peterson (11,747) on the list. Needing only 890 yards to supplant Robert Smith.
An accomplishment that will likely lead him to the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor someday but isn’t being mentioned in Vikings circles much.
Considering the close calls of most of the games, and Jefferson’s 400+ yards in four games, it’s easy to slip through the cracks.
Hopefully Cook continues to get overlooked and continues to rack up his rushing totals as we approach the playoffs.
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