Zimmer on Cook: ‘There’s so many ‘wow’ plays when he has the ball in his hands’

After five weeks, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is probably the team’s MVP. Cook is the second leading rusher(542 yards, five rushing touchdowns) in the NFL, and he has four one-hundred yard rushing games this season. 

On Sunday, the third-year back had a big performance against the Giants. Cook had 218 yards of total offense, which included 132 yards rushing. Cook has made a lot of big plays this season, including runs of 75 and 41 yards. With Kirk Cousins’ struggles this season, Cook has helped keep the Vikings’ offense going in 2019.

According to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, when Cook has the ball, great things can happen.

“When he has the ball in his hand, he’s very dangerous as you can see on that tape,” Zimmer said on Monday. “There’s so many ‘wow’ plays when he has the ball in his hands that he can do so much damage. When we get the passing game going like we did yesterday and him running, I think it’s a good mixture.”

On Sunday, Cousins, who threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings 28-10 victory over the Giants, played like the guy Minnesota signed to a three-year, $84 million deal in 2018. The Vikings have the running game to be successful with Cook and have the defense that can take this team very far, but if Cousins is not consistent, it won’t happen for the Vikings this season.

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