Is Minnesota Vikings tailback Dalvin Cook better Green Packers tailback Aaron Jones?
Yes, but not by a landslide.
As a total body of work through three years of their respective careers, Dalvin Cook and Aaron Jones are relatively comparable running backs. This is evident in statistical production and in style.
Cook and Jones are both upper-echelon pass-catching running backs. For the purposes of a dive into the numbers, this style resemblance makes the analysis rather user-friendly. Jones has, to date, a more pronounced acumen for scoring and for durability. Both men entered the NFL via the 2017 draft; Jones has played in 40 games, Cook in 29 games.
The areas in which players are borderline Spider-man meme are yards from scrimmage and first downs accrued. They are effectively equaled in these two metrics. Dalvin takes the cake in per-game parameters–Jones edges Cook in per touch. So, it’s a pick-your-favorite-stat type of situation.
If constructing a team with a sole emphasis on scoring points, Aaron Jones would be the nominee. On this same hypothetical team, if the emphasis is on consistency, every-down contribution, and intangibles, Dalvin Cook would likely get the nod.
The following five reasons that Dalvin Cook narrowly edges Aaron Jones as the better running back are ranked in no order of importance.