7 biggest Minnesota Vikings myths that are completely false

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Myth No. 2

Minnesota has a dink-and-dunk offense

Football teams can utilize explosive running backs as pass-catchers and logically avoid the title of “dink and dunk.” That’s what the Vikings do. The team’s tailback is Dalvin Cook and his dynamic playmaking abilities are called upon both via rush and pass.

It’s true that under previous quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford that Minnesota had a proclivity for keeping the offense smaller in scope. But such has not been the case since the addition of quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Since Cousins joined the team in 2018, the Vikings have completed 605 passes that gained between zero and five yards. That sounds like a lot, but it’s the ninth-fewest in the business. The divisional rival Packers lead the NFL in this metric with 746 such completions. Do you consider Aaron Rodgers a dink-and-dunker? Lately, he has been.

Additionally, Minnesota has converted 18 touchdowns of 25 yards or more in the last two years. This is ninth-most in the league. How can a team be classified as a small-ball offense when it is a top-10 unit in scores of 25 yards or more?