Zimmer on Cook: ‘When he gets the ball in space, people can’t catch him’

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. Cook paced the Vikings in both rushing yards (97) and receiving yards (86) to lead Minnesota past Dallas, 28-24, on Sunday Night Football.

With 183 total yards in the contest, he has surpassed 100 scrimmage yards a league-leading eight times in 2019. Cook’s 86 yards through the air also tied a career-high.

“I thought the offensive line did an outstanding job, and he’s (Cook) is a great player,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday. “We stayed on blocks, we finished blocks, the tight ends did a nice job, and receivers did a good job when they were in there blocking. Kirk got us in the right plays, and Dalvin is a great runner.”

Through 10 games, the former Florida State Seminole leads the NFL with 991 rushing yards and 1,415 scrimmage yards, while his 10 rushing touchdowns rank third in the league. Cook’s 1,415 scrimmage yards also set a franchise record and is the highest 10-game total in the NFL since DeMarco Murray’s 1,514 scrimmage yards in 2014. Overall, his 991 rushing yards through Week 10 are more than 15 NFL teams have totaled all season.

“You know, I always knew that he(Cook) was a terrific runner,” Zimmer said. “But, I think the other two things, how hard he runs and that the first person typically doesn’t tackle him, has been really impressive. And then the other part is when he gets the ball in space, people can’t catch him. He just has that extra gear.”

With Cook and Alexander Mattison carrying the load for Minnesota, life for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is good. Many expected Cook to have a big year, and after 10 games, he is doing just that. 

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