What is the most pivotal Vikings game of the last decade?

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Nick Easton and Case Keenum
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Vikings got a first glance at what a roster with an injured Cook would look like

The Monday night game at Chicago was the first game following Dalvin Cook‘s catastrophic injury.

Unfortunately, running back Dalvin Cook has missed forty percent of all games since the Vikings spent a second-round pick on him in 2017. In the sixty percent of games that he has been upright and participatory, he has been exemplary and unusually versatile.

Cook tore his ACL in Minneapolis against the Detroit Lions on October 1st, 2017. He missed twelve games in 2017 and missed out on the Vikings fortuitous playoff run.

And then he was hurt and missed five games the following year. And then three games the next year.

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The Monday night game versus the Bears in 2017 was the first glimpse as to how the Vikings would function without Dalvin. It would turn into a theme. Thankfully for the purple and gold, the team has a 15-6 win-loss without him since 2017.

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