Aaron Jones has an unusual knack for disappearing in games; Dalvin Cook, for the most part, does not.
If you’re keeping track of these “reasons” as fodder for discussions with your buddies, this one is the granddaddy of them all.
To date, Dalvin Cook is a more consistent running back than Aaron Jones.
In 29 total games since joining the Vikings, Cook has notched 100+ yards from scrimmage in 14 of them–or 48%. In Aaron Jones’ 40 careers games, he has crossed the 100-yard scrimmage mark 11 times, or 28%.
This is the most significant statistical difference between the two players. Dalvin consistently puts his thumbprint on games in a “big game” manner whereas Jones will pop off for a monster game–and then vanish the following contest.
Another way to think about the Aaron Jones Houdini tendency: in 2019, Jones had five games where he failed to accrue 40 yards from scrimmage. Cook had zero such games. He tabulated 40 or more yards from scrimmage in every single game last season.
It’s the consistency that set the two men apart.