7 eye-popping statistics about Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

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Stat No. 7

"In his age-24 season, Dalvin Cook outperformed the age-24 season of Barry Sanders in almost all statistical categories."

Barry Sanders (1992)

  • 16 games
  • 341 touches
  • 1,352 rushing yards
  • 4.3 yards per attempt
  • 29 receptions
  • 225 receiving yards
  • 1,577 yards from scrimmage
  • 10 touchdowns

Dalvin Cook (2019)

  • 14 games
  • 303 touches
  • 1,135 rushing yards
  • 4.5 yards per attempt
  • 53 receptions
  • 519 receiving yards
  • 1,654 yards from scrimmage
  • 13 touchdowns

Cook is certainly not a more accomplished running back than Sanders. But the Vikings running back did have a better age-24 season than the Hall-of-Famer.

It is vital to remember that when Sanders was 24, he was a part of a Detroit Lions team that was particularly bad in 1992 and finished with a 5-11 record. The 2019 Vikings ended their season with a 10-6 record and the success of each team does factor in with the production from both of these backs, to an extent.

As a matter of sheer productivity, 24-year-old Cook did hold his own against 24-year-old Sanders. And in most statistical categories, the Minnesota running back was better, if only for a season.

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All statistics from Pro-Football-Reference.com unless otherwise stated.