Minnesota Vikings Best and Worst: Week 5 vs. New York Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 06: Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) runs during the first quarter of the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on October 6, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

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Normally, Dalvin Cook is the best thing. However, now greatness is starting to get expected from him on a weekly basis. Of course, he was great in the run game again, carrying the ball 21 times for 132 yards on the day.

Cook did additional damage as a receiver, catching all six of the passes thrown his direction for 86 yards. That means the running back’s total yards from scrimmage for Week 5 is an astounding 218 yards!

The elusiveness, acceleration, speed, and power Cook has been showcasing on a weekly basis is amazing and knowing that putting the ball in his hands will likely be a decent gain has to be reassuring to a Vikings offense that struggles sometimes.

Here are some other good things to come out of Week 5 for the Minnesota Vikings:

  • Another of the league’s best. Greatness is also expected of Adam Thielen, and he didn’t disappoint in Week 5. He caught seven of his eight targets for 130 yards and two touchdowns including a leaping catch for a first down that was thrown a bit high by Cousins.
  • The streak is over. The Giants had scored on every first possession in the first four weeks, but the Vikings defense brought that to an end thanks to an overthrown Daniel Jones pass and great coverage on other plays.
  • Those defensive ends are powerful. Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen continue to amaze. The two pressured Daniel Jones all game long, bringing the quarterback down a combined three times. In addition, they combined for ten tackles on the day, with both players showing off their speed in pursuit of ball carriers. Even Stephen Weatherly got in on the act with a couple of hits on Jones!
  • Emerging as a WR3. Bisi Johnson is showing he can be a reliable target when the team needs another pass-catcher to step up. With that role being a big question mark for this team heading into the season, it’s nice to see the rookie stepping up. In Week 5, he had four catches for 43 yards.
  • Continuing to impress. After missing most of last season and some of this year, Mike Hughes is looking like an absolute monster. He broke up three passes in this game, nearly intercepting two of them. He also added three tackles.
  • It’s good! Dan Bailey hit all four of his field goals in this game as well as both his extra point attempts. It would be great if Vikings fans didn’t feel the need to celebrate every kick made, but that’s where we are at in this day and age with this franchise.